PSA, ALCRMCC kick off 2019 CRM celebration
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in ARMM and Maguindanao, in partnership with the Association of Local Civil Registrars in Maguindanao and Cotabato City (ALCRMCC), commenced the month-long celebration of the 2019 Civil Registration Month (CRM) last February 04, 2019 at South Seas Mall Convention Hall, Cotabato City.
The program started with a motorcade composed of more than a dozen of vehicles of officials and employees of PSA-ARMM, PSA-Maguindanao and ALCRMCC. The convoy took off from Cotabato City Plaza and ended at the said convention hall where the program proper was conducted.
After the invocation and singing of the national anthem, Ms. Honney Unas-Kalon, Secretary of ALCRMCC and MCR of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, acknowledged the participants. In her welcome message, Ms. Bai Susan Guiani-Dumama, President of ALCRMCC and CCR of Cotabato City, explained the implications of this year’s theme of CRM which is “Inclusive and Responsive CRVS: Working smarter through innovation.” She reminded the MCRs and their staffs that there are several changes to be anticipated this year. Despite of that, MCRs should continue innovating strategies to cope with the increasing demand for their services.
Engr. Akan G. Akan expressed his great appreciation for the well-established partnership between PSA and ALCRMCC in delivering quality civil registration services. He hopes that the two entities will remain partners amidst challenges encountered in the following years.
Moreover, Hji. Razulden A. Mangelen, OIC-Regional Director (RD) of PSA-ARMM, delivered an inspiirational message. He explained further that this year’s theme for CRM has been aligned with PSA’s focus for 2019, which is “Working smarter through innovation.” This means that the way to work smarter is a tool called innovation, and SMARTER which means S – Specific, M – Measurable, A – Agreed, R – Realistic, T – Timebound, E – Ethical, R – Recorded. He gave emphasis on the last two letters, E and R. The provision of civil registration services is critical and vulnerable to external influences, thus public servants assigned to it must be very cautious of their ethics.As evidence to an ethical service, all transactions must also be well-documented. RD Mangelen discussed the brief history of civil registration and its legal bases. According to him, under the implementation of RA 10625, PSA is established mainly for two mandates – statistics and civil registration. He highlighted that MCRs are the ones providing the vital statistics of the country which is used by the government and planners in providing appropriate services for its people. He also talked about the new roles of LCRs in PhilSys and the possibility of merging LCRs with PSA. According to him, PSA is more than willing to work closer with its long-time partner.
Ms. Bai Badria Uy-Andamen, Vice-President of ALCRMCC and MCR of Datu Piang, introduced the Keynote Speaker. Unfortunately, Mr. Acmad D. Allani, OIC-Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Cotabato City was not able to attend due to an equally important commitment. He was represented by Mr. Zacaria T. Abdullah.
In her closing remarks, Ms. Narumbai Dilanglaen-Datukon, 5th Shari’a Judicial District Court Registrar, thanked the ALCRMCC and PSA officials and employees for the successful event. After the opening ceremony, participants proceeded to Precious Caban Ynna Beach Resort, Datu Odin Sinsuat for the second part of the program, which is the Teambuilding.