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The Commission on Higher Education – Caraga Regional Office (CHED Caraga) conducted a webinar on the Rules of Data Entries of Birth and Marriage Certificates and an orientation on the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) as part of the virtual Regional Assembly with all CHED Caraga personnel, Higher Education Institution (HEI) Registrars, and IT Personnel of the Registrar’s Offices, held on June 15, 2021 via ZOOM Cloud Meetings.

Dr. Leonida S. Calagui, Director IV of CHED Caraga, graced the event to give her opening remarks, welcomed the guests and participants, and kickstarted the day’s activities.

“Learning is a continuous process and a lifelong journey not just for our own benefit, but also for those who we serve (…) I would like to congratulate all of you who are here, because your presence manifests your love for learning and an evidence of interest to continue serving the higher education sector,” Dr. Calagui said.

The webinar took place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and featured two resource speakers from the Philippine Statistics Authority Caraga Regional Office (PSA Caraga). The first resource speaker, Dr. Rosalinda Celeste-Apura, the PSA Caraga Regional Director, gave an orientation on the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, also known as Republic Act no. 11055. She explained the background and functions of PhilSys as well as its aims as a foundational digital identification system that hopes to aid the transition into a digital economy within the country with more accessible services and greater control of one’s own personal data.

Dr. Celeste-Apura also gave an overview of the registration process for PhilSys, which is broken down into three main phases, namely: collection of demographic data and appointment setting, then the validation of demographic data and capture of biometric information, and lastly the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the PhilID. She explained the different modes with which individuals can register, as well as the different requirements and steps registrants will need to take for each phase of the process.

Dr. Celeste-Apura ended her presentation by providing updates on the roll-out of the registration programs in provinces within Caraga, as well as the schedules and locations of fixed registration centers within the region.

Ms. Rowena P. Petate, Registration Officer IV at PSA Caraga, was the second resource speaker for the webinar. She discussed the Rules of Data Entries of Birth and Marriage Certificates.

Ms. Petate began her presentation with a discussion on the rules for data entries of birth certificates according to different circumstances, such as the child’s date of birth, legitimacy according to the relationship of parents, paternal acknowledgment, and culture and customary laws.

She also briefly discussed the data entry rules for marriage certificates, namely the appropriate entry of names of the contracting parties.

Ms. Petate ended her presentation by discussing annotations on the following cases: legitimation by subsequent marriage of parents, Republic Act. No. 9255 or the Family Code of the Philippines, and acknowledgment of paternity.

Following the presentations of the two resource speakers, an open forum was held for the participating registrars and other personnel to ask questions and clarifications.

The morning webinar ended with the recognition of the resource speakers from PSA Caraga by Ms. Noeme Rose Mani, Education Supervisor II.