RESIDENTS in Lapu-Lapu City who are trying to get marriage and death certificates can save money if they apply for them on certain dates in February this year.
This after the council passed an ordinance waiving the local processing fees for civil documents in celebration of the 34th Civil Registration Month, which is observed every February. Its theme for this year is “Civil Registration and Vital Statistics: The Future of Seamless Services.”
Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan requested the council to pass the ordinance upon the request of Office of the Civil Registrar (OCR) officer-in-charge Melissa Plenos Augusto on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.
The ordinance, passed on third and final reading during the council’s regular session on Wednesday, Jan. 31, was submitted to the mayor’s office for Chan’s signature.
Upon its implementation, the OCR will collect only the fees mandated by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
This means that clients who wish to process marriage and death certificates would only have to pay P155, instead of the usual P205 plus processing fees, according to the Lapu-Lapu City Public Information Office.
The OCR will waive the local processing fees at its main office in Lapu-Lapu City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Residents on Olango Island can avail themselves of this at the Mini City Hall in Barangay Talima on Feb. 15 and 16.
Meanwhile, processing of local civil documents such as for legitimation, acknowledgment of the father’s surname and a supplemental report, among others, would be free of charge on Feb. 15, 16 and 27.
The usual cost of processing these documents would be P460, according to Augusto.