CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, 17 Feb (PIA) --In line with the  observance of the Civil Registration Month this month of February with the theme “Pilipinong Rehistrado, Matatag na Kinabukasan ay Sigurado”, the Philippine Statistics Authority- Laguna recently partnered with the Philippine Information Agency – Calabarzon thru the Agency’s  ‘Kapihan sa PIA.’

PSA-Laguna had chosen the Kapihan as one of the venues to raise  awareness on the importance of civil registration and the observance of the Civil Registration Month every February of the year.

Mr. Silver M. Quiatchon, Information Systems Analyst I and Ms. Salvacion S. Gomez, Registration Officer II of PSA-Laguna served as resource speakers during the Kapihan attended by media practitioners in Calabarzon region.

The two officers stated that the observance is in consonance with the global advocacy of getting everyone registered and of promoting awareness on the importance of civil registration in the lives of every Filipino.

To highlight the month-long celebration and to raise the level of public awareness , Mr. Quiatchon stated that their Agency has lined up various activities such as display of streamers at PSA Provincial Office and every city and municipal halls in Laguna; mobile registration and free consultation on civil registration; Civil  Registration Quiz for Local Civil Registry Office staff and PSA- Laguna personnel; poster-making and slogan-making contest at San Pablo City Science High School; tree-planting at Malabanban Watershed also in San Pablo City; and mass wedding in select municipalities in the province.

Orientation of media practitioners on R.A 10172 entitled “An Act Further Authorizing the City or Municipal Civil Registrar or the Consul General to Correct Clerical or Typographical Errors in the Day and Month in the Date of Birth or Sex of a Person Appearing in the Civil Register Without Need of a Judicial Order Amending for this Purpose Republic Act Numbered Ninety Forty-Eight” and  R.A. 9048 amended Articles 376 and 412 of which Section 1 of this amendatory law provides: "No entry in a civil register shall be changed or corrected without a judicial order, except for clerical or typographical errors and change of first name or nickname which can be corrected , or changed by the concerned city or municipal civil registrar or consul general in accordance with the provisions of this Act and implementing rules and regulations" was conducted by Mr. Quiatchon and Ms. Gomez.

“When you encounter in your registry clerical or typographical errors in the day and month in the date of birth or sex, go to your nearest Local Civil Registry Office for assistance,” advised Ms. Gomez.