Civil Registration is a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording of vital events in the life of an individual as birth, marriage, death as well as decrees, legal instruments and judicial orders affecting his civil status in appropriate Registers as mandated by Civil Registry Law.
Civil Registration was made compulsory in the Philippines with the enactment of the Civil Registry Law (Act 3753) approved on 26 November 1930 and which took effect on 27 February 1931.
The Civil Registry Law requires the registration in appropriate civil registry books all facts and acts concerning the civil status of persons from birth to death, including subsequent modifications thereof. Registered documents have legal, administrative and statistical values. From legal point of view, they are considered prima facie evidence of the truth of the data contained therein.
It's also an ideal source of statistics in important demographic processes such as fertility, mortality and nuptiality which in turn are the basic important information needed for monitoring population growth.
From the point of view of government and private agencies, civil registration is important in generating indicators useful in the formulation of health program. While vital statistics derived from registration are needed for population estimation, population projections and other analytical studies which are very useful for planners and policy-makers.
Various civil registry documents registered in the office is one of the major source of income of the municipality. Total estimates for CY 2006 is P1,088, 000.00 of which we realized an income of P983,480.00 or 90.00% against the estimates broken down as follows : a) Birth/marriage/death and other certifications, a total of P670,090.00; b) Petition for Correction of Clerical Error – P158,550.00; c) Petition for Change of Name – P54.900.00; d) Registration of Affidavit of Legitimation/AUSF/Acknowledgment – P72,540.00; e) Registration of Court Order/Decree- P27,400.00.
For CY 2006, registration of vital events decreased by 166 compared to 2005. The total number of registered vital statistics for CY 2006 is 4,592. This figure is comprised of 3,409 live births, 361 marriage and 822 deaths.
During the period considered, the month of October (342) posted the highest number of live births while the month of January for death (79) and the month of April (56) has the most number of solemnized marriage.
Of the 4,592 registered live births, 1,758 were males and 1,651 were females.Majority (3,032) or about 89% were attended by physician during delivery while 9% and 2% by midwife and “hilot” respectively.Considering their legitimacy status, only 31% were born out of wedlock and 69% were legitimate. It is observed that many couples are now living together without the matrimonial bond especially those whose application for migration to foreign countries are already filed and those who intend to go to the place. Many cases of unpreparedness to face the challenges of married life have also been noted as a cause of illegitimate births. Some couples are below the required marrying age.