San Fernando Beefs Up Civil Registration [ Monday, 4th of July 2016 | 11 months ago ]
The City of San Fernando makes it easier for unwed couples to tie the knot through its free ‘Kasalang Barangay’ initiated by the Office of the City Civil Registration (OCCR).
City Civil Registrar Rimando Umali, during the Convention of Partners in Civil Registration on Wednesday, said free wedding rites will help address issues of illegitimacy among Fernandinos.
Interested couples must file their application for marriage license at least a month before the scheduled wedding. Those aged 18 and above must also submit their Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) along with a Parental Consent (for 18-21 y.o.) or Parental Advice (for 22-24 y.o.).
In 2015, only 6,728 out of 13,100 born children were registered as legitimate. Record shows that 2,896 were born to single/solo parents, while some 10,204 were born to registered married couples.
“Aside from the annual Kasalang Balen, we also hold wedding ceremonies as part of each Barangay’s Fiesta celebration to ease the burden of getting married (especially for young couples) and secure the legitimation of children,” Umali added.
In an interview, Mayor Edwin D. Santiago said that the city ensures to render public services to its grassroots through these activities while upholding the Filipino values and traditions at the same time.
“We believe that a family with a strong foundation will help us produce Fernandinos who will partake in building a more sustainable, progressive community,” Santiago furthered.
Meanwhile, Umali urged Fernandinos to have their civil registrations accomplished on time to avoid inconvenience.
Births and Deaths must be registered within 30 days while Marriage Registration must be filed not exceeding 15 days after the wedding.
The OCCR has recorded a total of 3, 161 death registration and 1, 246 marriage registration in 2015.
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