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The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA, formerly NSO) maximized the leap month of February with various activities on public awareness and participation to promote the theme: Get Every Pinoy and Pinay in the Picture. The PSA, with respect to the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, is committed to exhaust means to get every Filipino to properly register births, marriages, and deaths in their families. The culminating activities for the second year of the Dekadang CRVS was held at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City. It was a brief but meaningful event supported by PSA’s partners in promoting civil registration projects.

Civil registration is a fundamental element in nation building and the proper and timely filing of these documents is compulsory for every Filipino. Documents such as Birth, Marriage, Death, and certificate of singleness (CENOMAR) have legal and administrative significance, especially for authenticating claims and benefits. Furthermore, proper filing of civil registry documents ensures that an individual’s life events are duly recorded and recognized by the government. It simply means that you are counted as a citizen of the Philippines and “included in the picture”. Civil registration must be accomplished the soonest after an important life event (birth, marriage, death).

In an effort to spread awareness and encourage participation in rural and remote areas, provinces and municipalities held activities related to the CRVS theme. In the Caraga region, a mass wedding has been organized and a mobile registration facility will be made available for the residents. The CRS staff of Butuan and Surigao cities will be holding orientation seminars on CRS Business Rules and Customer Service. They have also invited private and government agencies to attend their User’s Forum on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics. On the national level, activities include the CRVS Jingle Writing Contest open to the public, team-building meets, and the creation of the CRVS Handbook for Health Workers.

During the culminating activity, National Statistician, Dra. Lisa Grace Bersales emphasized on PSA’s commitment to get all Filipinos accounted for. She recognized the support that the PSA has been receiving from its various partners such as the Department of Health (DOH), Bloomberg, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Pilipinas Teleserv, among others, in keeping the public informed of the importance of a complete, accurate, and timely filing of civil registry documents. Before the affair came to a close, the winning CRVS jingle was announced and the CRVS Handbook for Health Workers was unveiled. The Deputy National Statistician, Ms Estela De Guzman also announced that they are currently working at getting Civil Registration included in the curriculum of medical courses.

There are eight more years to go before the CRVS Decade is completed. As it is, the PSA is working hard to meet their annual targets in the herculean task of getting every Pinoy’s vital statistics properly filed and accounted for. Our participation is a key to making this national goal a success.

Are you in the picture yet? Visit the Facebook page of the CRVS at https://www.facebook.com/geteverypinoyinthepicture/