BAGUIO City Mayor Maurcio Domogan expressed his alarm following the rising report of illegitimate children in the city.
Domogan said he will meet with the Local Civil Registry Office after it reported report only 5,190 live births or 52.59 percent were recorded legitimate in 2017 during Monday’s flag raising ceremony.
In 2017, the total number of live births recorded was 9,867 with 10 mothers delivering at the age of 15 years old and below, while 956 babies were delivered by mothers with 15 to 19 years of age.
Of the 9,867, some 5107 or 51.76 percent were males while 4760 or 48.24 percent were females.
The infant deaths below one year old decreased by 1.09 percent compared to the 91 deaths in 2016 to 90 deaths in 2017.
Meanwhile, the local civil registry noted a 3.09 percent increase in the number of deaths in 2017 listed at 2,566 as compared to the 2,489 in 2016. Males had 1,484 or at 58.78 percent over females at 1,082 deaths.
Baguio's civil registry recorded an increase at 2.21 percent or 1,704 marriages compared to 1,667 in 2016 with 667 performed under civil ceremony, while 557 were performed under church rites.
Baguio City's civil registry received 1,375 petitions falling under Republic Act 9048 or the Clerical Error Law and R.A.10172 or the Amendatory Law covering the correction of Clerical of Typographical Errors in the Day and Month in the date of birth or sex of a person appearing in the civil registry without need for judicial order, and listed at a 2.32 percent increase for 2017.
It also recorded a 17.6 percent increase for petitions filed under the change of first name with 142 cases compared to that of 2016.
At least 1,145 petitions for correction of Clerical Error was recorded in 2017, while 88 petitions were for migrant petitions.
The Local Civil Registry also explained in cases where the petitioner is a migrant within or outside the Philippines, petitioner may file this to the nearest LCRO in his area, and will be considered as a migrant petition.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on February 14, 2018.
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