Drop in people seeking registry corrections

THE Davao City Civil Registrar's Office (CCRO) noted a decrease in the number of people who come to their office for correction of clerical error on local registry records.

Few people have applied for Republic Act (RA) 9048 or an act allowing the city or municipal registrar to correct clerical or typographical error in an entry and change the first name or nickname in the civil register without a need for judicial order in 2017 compared to 2016, said Orlando Alvira, CCRO staff-in-charge.

"In 2016, there were 3,627 applications, in 2017 we recorded 3,370 applications filed," he said.

He added that they attribute the decrease of applications to their programs of information and dissemination to make sure that there will be no typographical errors on documents.

"We have a memorandum that once the document is registered, you can no longer correct through erasures so from that the clients were gradually oriented that they cannot easily register documents without (double) checking it. We also make sure that the clients' documents are 90 percent checked before we accept it in our office," he said.

He added that the decreased number can also be attributed to the fact that those with errors were successfully.

Alvira said that before, clerical errors were not given keen attention. Now, many people are getting concerned of their document's accuracy, as it is now become a necessity in availing services from other government agencies.

For clients to avail themselves of corrections, clerical errors require P1,000 as filing fee. For the change of first name, correction of gender, correction of date and month of their birthday, a P3,000 filing fee is required.

Due to the revised tax code of the city, the CCRO has increased its registration of finality to P500 from P275.

The certification of the reproduction of document has also increased to P300 from P200.

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