Article 6 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10625, otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013, mandates the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to carry out, enforce and administer civil registration functions in the country. Pursuant to this mandate, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) XII was invited last March 17, 2017 by J. Marquez Elementary School in Cotabato City to discuss civil registration laws particularly on birth registration.
The half-day activity was initiated by its school’s principal, Ms. Mary Grace A. Berdeprado, to brief parents on the process of birth registration and in particular, orient them about procedures on how to correct erroneous birth certificates.
Wilmer S. Bacera, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-XII, discussed RA 9048 and RA 10172. He expounded on how to correct clerical or typographical errors concerning spelling of names, birth month/day, and gender. He informed everyone where to go, whom to approach and the fees to be paid if they have problems/issues on their vital records/documents.
Since majority of the parents were Maguindanaons and cannot fully understand Tagalog, the discussions were translated in the Maguindanaon dialect by Fatima T. H. Salik, also from PSA-XII. She also informed them about the PSA and its origin since majority of the participants were more familiar with the former National Statistics Office (NSO). Also at hand to assist/respond to inquiries was Ms. Estrellita S. Balijon of PSA XII.
Queries raised dwelt on multiple registrations of births, wrong birth year, late registrations, erroneous spelling of names, and wrong place of marriage.
Due to bulk of inquiries, participants were invited to visit the PSA Regional Office for further explanations and for more information about the other civil registration laws.