The civil Registration Office intends to train indigenous people representatives as barangay civil registration agents (Bacra) to help process residents in far-flung areas in the registration of birth certificates.
“We are planning right now on training the IPs. There will be representatives in every tribe, we will train them just like what we did for Bacra so that they will now know how to assess the registration of their tribe members,” Shirley Arendain, acting head of Civil Registration Office-Birth Division, said.
The initiative aims to lessen correction errors in the registration of birth certificate and encourage timely registration, especially for individuals living in far flung areas.
In 2018, there were 32,790 timely registration of birth certificate out of 41,475 in the city. Of the number, 20,951 of whom were males while 20,524 were females.
“This is a good indication at least we can say that people are now more aware on the importance of timely registration,” Arendain said.
Part of the training is to update agents on the changes in registration regulations and processes.
Last year, the office trained 40 agents who were involved in civil registry documents like in hospitals and other medical clinics. They also trained public school teachers so they can also learn the basic know-how on the processing of birth certificates of students who are not yet registered or have correction errors.
“We can assure that there’s already lesser correction of errors because of our intensive training in hospitals and other clerks involved in civil registration,” said Arendain.
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