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CARMEN IMPOSES "NO FREE POLICY" FOR CIVIL REGISTRATION OF IPs

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The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the Sanggunian Resolution No. 085-2019, declaring valid the Municipal Ordinance No. 20 series of 2018 from the Sangguniang Bayan of Carmen, adopting the "No Fee Policy" for the registration of all Indigenous Peoples / Indigenous Cultural Communities members in relation to childbirth, marriage and death registration.

It supported the Sanggunian Resolution No. 360-2018 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte, urging all city and municipal governments to adopt "no fee policy" for all Indigenous Peoples IPs / ICCs for birth, marriage and death registration of their respective Local Civil Registry Offices.

The committee on Laws, Ethics, Peace and Order, chaired by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe, believed that local civil registry fees proposed to collect are not exhorbitant or very expensive and the collection of fees is within the 10% allowable adjustment rate for LGUs provided under Section 191 of RA 7160.

The committee, in its March 5, 2019 and March 7, 2019 meetings, suggested some refinements as concurred by the author Sangguniang Bayan Member Eva D. Palarca and the Municipal Civil Register;

1. Under section 2 (a), marriage fee: marriage registration of P32.60 shall be changed to P35.00 and

2. Under the same section, (b) registration of the following: Birth Registration 22.00 will be 25.00; Late Registration 82.00 will be 85, Death Registration 52.00 to 55.00 and Late Death Registration of 82.00 to 85.00.

This was approved by Sanggunian Resolution Number 085-2019, authored by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe.

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