Closing of the 30th Civil Registration Month: Shaping Civil Registration and Vital Statistics by Embracing New Trends in the 4th Industrial Revolution

03 March 2020

Message of the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

As the great poet T.S. Elliot once said “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. The next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” I believe that there is no end in last year’s theme of Innovation as we celebrate the Civil Registration Month this February with the theme: Shaping Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) by Embracing New Trends in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Year 2020 excites me with the anticipated launch of the Civil Registration System – Information Technology Project 2 (CRS-ITP2), alongside the 2020 Census of Population and Housing (2020 CPH), and the mass registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys). Truly, it is a way to start the decade with a bang!

I hope that your support continues with much enthusiasm as we target the opening of 15 new civil registration outlets this year and the implementation of the Decentralized Copy Annotation Process (DeCAP) to speed-up the processing of civil registry documents annotation. The National Convention on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (NCCRVS), to be held in August 2020 will achieve the trends of the 4IR by discussing pertinent CRVS concerns and providing possible recommendations to improve civil and statistical governance. By the hard work each and every one will give, achieving goals will always be a breeze.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting the Civil Registration Month. With the 4IR as our beacon in relating to cyber-physical systems, our ability to innovate the building blocks of CRVS will improve our societal transformation at a national scale. The fire starts from having one PSA, one team. Unity is strength, they say. But togetherness is fervent.

Support CRVS, and support the PSA! Mabuhay tayong lahat!

 

DENNIS S. MAPA, Ph.D.
Undersecretary
National Statistician and Civil Registrar General

 

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