Usec. Bersales talks with Tawi-Tawi MCRs

January 25, 2018News Article Ref No.: NL-ARMM-18-003
Tawi-Tawi MCRs raise issues and concerns to Usec. Lisa Grace S. Bersales.

Usec. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), had an actual dialogue with the Municipal Civil Registrars (MCRs) of Tawi-Tawi last January 10, 2018 at Beachside Inn Hotel and Restaurant in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. Issues on processing of annotations, provision of Registry Forms, Shari’a Court, and future plans of PSA for civil registration were highlighted during this conversation.

According to Usec. Bersales, annotation of civil registry documents (CRDs) can last up to three months. However, if the document is urgently needed by the client, MCRs may communicate to the PSA Central Office through PSA-Tawi-Tawi. As regards to the Registry Forms, Usec. Bersales stressed that these shall be provided by the PSA to MCRs. PSA-Tawi-Tawi has already requested for the forms, but there have been no feedbacks yet, thus documented follow-ups must be undertaken.

MCRs also raised issues on the double registration of Muslim marriages both at the MCR and later, at the Shari’a Court which is located only in Bongao for the whole province. Usec. Bersales told the MCRs that PSA has been planning to conduct coordination meetings with the Shari’a Registrars, MCRs and PSA to resolve such concerns.

Usec. Bersales announced that PSA will be conducting the CRVS101 on February 21-23, 2018 in Zamboanga City. This is exclusively crafted for the local civil registrars of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Moreover, the Philippines will be implementing the National ID System probably this year, while PSA also plans to establish additional 40 CRS Serbilis Outlets in the country.