The PSA-RSSO I launched its flagship civil registration program, which is the declaration of the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Decade for the years 2014 – 2024 during the closing ceremony of National Statistics Month on October 29, 2015 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-La Union Regional Conference Hall.
In can be recalled that during the Ministerial Conference for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific in November 2014, the delegates, including the Philippine, agreed for the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration to “Get every one in the picture” and to proclaim the “CRVS Decade for 2014 to 2024”.
With the adoption of Ministerial Declaration to “Get every one in the picture”, a shared vision was embraced by the Ministerial Conference on CRVS through formulation of an action framework. This framework intends to have a universal civil registration of vital events, provision of legal documentation of civil registration and production of accurate, complete and timely vital statistics based on registration records.
The PSA has earmarked a set of strategies in order to strengthen the CRVS system. The efforts will be focusing on these strategies, which include enhancing the linkages with different agencies involved and increasing public awareness on the importance of civil registration. Continuous discussion of current civil registration issues with different technical groups was also included to further enhance the relevant policies and regulations.
The idea of getting every person in the picture perfectly fits the goals of CRVS Decade. A universal extension of civil registration services ensures that no one will be left behind. This step made by PSA would eventually result to an outcome that would lead to a more effective and responsive civil registration, not only for the welfare of every individual, but also for the progress of our country.
To enjoin the support of all sectors and to highlight the importance of this declaration, the Office of the President issued Presidential Proclamation No. 1106 on August 20, 2015, declaring the Years 2014 to 2024 as CRVS Decade.