Stat authority urges applicants to avail other services

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


THE Philippine Statistics Authority-Northern Mindanao (PSA-10), formerly National Statistics Office (NSO), is calling people to request for needed documents through availing the other services the agency offers.

Following complaints of long and tedious process, Marilou Igbon, regional director of PSA-10, urged residents of Northern Mindanao to try online application, batch request entry system (BREQS), or the authorized partner agencies to decongest the daily long queues at registration offices.

"We cater 500 numbers a day. Kaning 500 numbers ang transaction ani moabot og 1,700 to 1,900 kay naay uban magdala og lima, upat [ka applications]," Igbon said.

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However, she reminded of the downsides of these services.

"There are partner agencies that add fees on top of the regular fee. In the case of online application, you have to wait for a week," she added.

Arjean Valmonte, an applicant who waited in line to get an authenticated birth certificate of her son, said the recommended process is fine only if she is not in a hurry.

"Gadali man gud ko. Bahala na lang magpila ko karon (I am in a rush now. I don’t mind if I’m on queue)," she told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday morning.

PSA-10 has also been encouraging local government units and private firms to avail of their BREQS, a group application.

Igbon urged applicants not to queue as early as 12 midnight.

"We will no longer be releasing priority numbers before 7 a.m. Daghan na jud ‘mi strategy paghatag og number. Sauna maghatag nami’g number sayo kaayo. Pero ang uban ibaligya raman sa laing tawo," she told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Monday.

With regard to other issues reported regarding the buying and selling of priority numbers, Igbon said they have caught someone roaming outside the PSA-10 office arranging transactions in the queuing area in May this year.

After the incident, PSA required applicants to show valid identification. "Ang amo gibuhat ‘ron para dili na mabaligya ang ila number we are requiring them to present their IDs as well as the application. So kung wala ‘to, we will not issue a priority number," she said.

Avoid peak season

Marilou Villalba, statistical coordination officer of PSA-10, reminded the applicants to evade the peak season.

"Kung kanus-a ang peak season didto magdasok," Villalba said.

Peak season falls on July until December before school opening and professional examinations in June.

PSA-10 has served the largest population in the region every day across Northern Mindanao.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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