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NSO, PLAN Philippines beef up birth registration

Posted by Michille on July 31st, 2006

NSO, PLAN Philippines beef up birth registration – PIA!

By Alice Nicart and Samuel Candido

Borongan, Eastern Samar (31 July) — In its optimum objective to achieve 100% birth registration, the National Statistics Office (NSO) and PLAN Philippines here conducted a rigid training for barangay secretaries being the ones tasked to credibly and legibly enlist any new born in the community.

NSO believes that the barangay secretaries can very well assist them in this seemingly simple yet meticulously-demanding task of recording details of birth registration. Observations have it that not a few cases have been leveled due to erroneous entries of data.

It was gathered that barangay birth registration is free of charge. However, should there be petitions for corrections the office of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWD) will have to conduct a Case Study on the subject child.

In the forum, Charito Aberia, Municipal Registrar of Hernani town disclosed that parents with erroneous child’s birth certificate opt to keep silent due to costly correction process; the cost as provided in RA 9048 indicates that a slight correction would cost parents a thousand pesos while correction in the misspelled name, P3,000.00, Aberia added.

NSO however assured that for parents who are certified by MSWDO as indigents can be exempted by the provision of the law unless otherwise findings of the Case Study reveal otherwise.

NSO further stressed that after the petition had been submitted in court, changed of names will have to be published in two consecutive weeks in a regular local publication while to change an erroneous entry will taker some three to four months for the petitioner to wait for the result.

The Birth Registration forum of the NSO was conducted at the Borongan ESADEF building in partnership with PLAN Philippines, another internationally-based NGO which promoted the Convention of the Rights of the Child. It specifically serves five pilot municipalities in Eastern Samar province: Hernani, Balangkayan, Llorente, Salcedo and Oras.

Present also during the training were the Municipal Registrars of the five pilot municipalities while the Sinirangan Press Club were in invited in a brief press conference. (PIA-Borongan)

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