NAGA City, Feb. 10 (PIA) --- “Tamang Rehistro, Pananagutan ng Bawat Pilipino,” is aptly chosen as theme for this year’s celebration of the Civil Registration Month spearheaded by the National Statistics Office here as it enjoins every citizen all over the country to go out and register in the nearest NSO offices in their respective areas.
Camarines Sur Provincial Statistics Officer Clemente Manaog, in his aggressive and resolute campaign to achieve a significant number of registrants, has called on the help of various media outlets to help NSO in disseminating the importance of this act and serve as active partners of our government in nation-building.
“Every citizen has a duty to put on record and properly chronicle every significant occurrence happening in their lives. These details, when consolidated, would be used to determine the specific need of our people. That is where the government will base their program of action to address a particular concern. Without the help of surveys, we will not have an eligible instrument to respond to these needs. That is how important census is,” Manaog added.
Civil Registry Month is being celebrated every February pursuant to Proclamation No.682, signed by then President Corazon Aquino. It was issued on January 28, 1991 with the primary intention of reminding every citizen of their obligation to register acts and events concerning status of persons. The activity also endeavors to increase and boost nationwide awareness on the values of civil registry documents.
“When we were born, our parents, secured the documents and made sure that they are properly archived. Whenever we abide with our Christian duties, like the sacraments of baptism and marriage, we put them in record. We also document legal dealings that we think can help us out should legal matters crop up. NSO believes in the same principle too- the necessity to keep things properly cataloged,” Manaog said in an interview.
To further support this program, NSO Camarines Sur has lined up several activities to hype the importance of Civil registration. It includes fun run, mobile registration, display of streamers, free issuance of civil registry documents, poster making contensts, quiz bees, mass weddings, among others.
Manaog said that the media will be one of their most effective allies in disseminating the said information, particularly to members of the community residing in far flung areas and provincial outskirts. (MAL/LSMacatangay, PIA CamSur/NSO)