Your City Civil Registrar

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Thursday, April 10, 2014


MABALACAT CITY'S Civil Registrar Victor Terry Medina and his staff do an herculean job of keeping tab of the city residents' civil status data and records.

Like the proverbial cleaning of the Aegean stables, Terry (and his staff) undertook the clearing and cleaning of records in sync with those of the National Statistics Office which then frowned on erroneous entries from Mabalacat under then civil registrar, the late Melanio Cruz. It's a clean slate afterwards.

Again, relying on the Local Government Code, I excerpted the functions of the Civil Registrar as follows:

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(a) The appointment of a civil registrar shall be mandatory for city and municipal governments.

(b) The civil registrar shall be responsible for the civil registration program in the local government unit concerned, pursuant to the Civil Registry Law, the Civil Code, and other pertinent laws, rules and regulations issued to implement them.

(c) The civil registrar shall take charge of the office of the civil registry and shall:

(1) Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor, as the case may be, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with civil registry programs and projects which the mayor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is empowered to provide for under this Code;

(2) In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the Civil Registrar shall:

(i) Accept all registrable documents and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of persons;

(ii) File, keep and preserve in a secure place the books required by law;

(iii) Transcribe and enter immediately upon receipt all registrable document and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of persons in the appropriate civil registry books;

(iv) Transmit to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General, within the prescribed period, duplicate copies of registered documents required by law;

(v) Issue certified transcripts or copies of any certificate or registered documents upon payment of the prescribed fees to the treasurer;

(vi) Receive applications for the issuance of a marriage license and, after determining that the requirements and supporting certificates and publication thereof for the prescribed period have been complies with, issue the
license upon payment of the authorized fee to the treasurer;

(vii) Coordinate with the National Statistics Office in conducting educational campaigns for vital registration and assist in the preparation of demographic and other statistics for the local government unit concerned; and

(3) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

The duties of the Civil Registrar are sensitive and require focus and thoroughness and Victor Terry give these his undivided time.

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On April 21, 2014, Peso Mabalacat will initiate the annual summer job for students who will be assigned to different departments of the LGU and other offices.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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