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CIVIL REGISTRATION AND VITAL STATISTICS

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Philippines (the)
Philippines (the)

CRVS activities in the Philippines are coordinated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). It is up to the Department of Foreign Affairs to register the vital events of the over 10 million Filipinos currently living abroad and forward this information to the PSA. Since 1930 it has been compulsory to register all births, deaths and marriages. Marriages must be registered within 15 days, while births and deaths must be reported within 30 days. Registrations are performed at over 1634 Local Government Units (LGUs) by resident Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs). Registration of vital events is usually free, but some LGUs charge 20 to 50 pesos. In addition, mobile registrations and mass weddings are organized on occasion. The LCRO checks submitted registration forms for accuracy and completeness, then records them into a Registry Book, assigns a Registry Number and uploads the information to the Philippine Civil Registry Information System (PhilCRIS), a centralized database. A complete Vital Statistics Report is published every year but with a two years lag for the data.

The Inter-Agency Committee on CRVS was established in 2015. The following government agencies are represented: PSA, Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice, Department of Education, Department of Social and Welfare Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Office of the Cabinet Secretary and the Commission on Population.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Fred Sollesta, Assistant National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

RSG Member:

Mr. Daniel Ariaso, Senior Assistant Secretary, Deputy National Statistician, Philippines Statistical Authority (PSA)

Philippines (the)

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 99 percent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.B
By 2024, at least 99.5 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.C
By 2024, at least 99.5 percent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.
1.D
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.
1.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 100 percent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.
2.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 Targets:

3.A
By 2024, annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources
3.B
By 2024, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.
3.C
By 2024, at least 100 percent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)
3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced by 50 per cent compared with the baseline year.
3.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.
3.F
By 2018, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.
3.G
By 2017, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.
3.H
By 2019, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

Goal 1. Universal civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events

Goal 1 is an expression of the internationally accepted principle of the universal coverage of civil registration. The CRVS system should register all vital events occurring in the territory and jurisdiction of the country or area, including among hard-to-reach and marginalized populations.

National Targets:

1.A
By 2024, at least 99 percent of births in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

BASELINE

2010

90.6%

MIDTERM

2017

92.7%

TARGET

2024

99%

1.B
By 2024, at least 99.5 per cent of children under 5 years old in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

baseline

90.2%

TARGET

2024

99.5%

1.C
By 2024, at least 99.5 percent of all individuals in the territory and jurisdiction have had their birth registered.

baseline

93.5%

TARGET

2024

99.5%

1.D
By 2024, at least 90 per cent of all deaths that take place in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are registered.

baseline

66%

MIDTERM

2018

97.3%

TARGET

2024

90%

1.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of all deaths recorded by the health sector in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year have a medically certified cause of death recorded using the international form of the death certificate.

baseline

34%

MIDTERM

2017

100.0%

TARGET

2024

85%

Goal 2. All individuals are provided with legal documentation of civil registration of births, deaths and other vital events, as necessary, to claim identity, civil status and ensuing rights

Goal 2 reflects that CRVS systems provide legal documentation of civil registration to individuals and families for legal and administrative purposes. Legal documentation is strongly linked with a broad range of rights and activities, in particular legal identity. This goal addresses the distinction between the civil registration of a vital event and the possession of formal proof that it took place, in the form of legal documentation.

National Targets:

2.A
By 2024, at least 100 percent of all births registered in the territory and jurisdiction are accompanied with the issuance of an official birth certificate that includes, as a minimum, the individual’s name, sex, date and place of birth, and name of parent(s) where known.

baseline

2010

100%

MIDTERM

2018

100.0%

TARGET

2024

100%

2.B
By 2024, at least 100 per cent of all deaths registered in the territory and jurisdiction in the given year are accompanied with the issuance of an official death certificate which includes, as a minimum, the deceased’s name, date of death, sex, and age.

baseline

100%

MIDTERM

2018

100.0%

TARGET

2024

100%

Goal 3. Accurate, complete and timely vital statistics (including on causes of death) are produced based on registration records and are disseminated

Goal 3 highlights the critical importance of civil registration being linked to the production and quality assurance of vital statistics on the occurrence and characteristics of vital events.

National Targets:

3.A
By 2024, annual nationally representative statistics on births – disaggregated by age of mother, sex of child, geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources

TARGET

2024

3.B
By 2024, annual nationally representative statistics on deaths – disaggregated by age, sex, cause of death defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate), geographic area and administrative subdivision – are produced from registration records or other valid administrative data sources.

TARGET

2024

3.C
By 2024, at least 100 percent of deaths occurring in health facilities or with the attention of a medical practitioner have an underlying cause of death code derived from the medical certificate according to the standards defined by ICD (latest version as appropriate)

baseline

2010

34.2%

TARGET

2024

100%

3.D
By 2024, the proportion of deaths coded to ill-defined codes will have been reduced by 50 per cent compared with the baseline year.

baseline

2010

2.5%

MIDTERM

2017

2.7%

TARGET

2024

50%

3.E
By 2024, at least 85 per cent of deaths taking place outside of a health facility and without the attention of a medical practitioner have their underlying cause of death code determined through verbal autopsy in line with international standards.

TARGET

2024

85%

3.F
By 2018, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on births and deaths using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within one calendar year.

TARGET

2018

3.G
By 2017, key summary tabulations of vital statistics on causes of death using registration records as the primary source, are made available in the public domain in electronic format annually, and within two calendar years.

TARGET

2017

3.H
By 2019, an accurate, complete and timely vital statistics report for the previous two years, using registration records as the primary source, is made available in the public domain.

TARGET

2019

Philippines (the)

National Coordination Mechanism

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

Comprehensive Assessment

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

National Targets for 2024

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

Monitoring & Reporting Plan

Status in Philippines (the): Not started

Inequality Assessment

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

National Strategy

Status in Philippines (the): Plans

National Focal Point

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

Reporting to ESCAP

Status in Philippines (the): Complete

Philippines (the) Events
The Regional Steering Group is responsible for providing regional oversight and guidance for the implementation of the Regional Action Framework on…
13 November 2018 - 15 November 2018
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09 December 2015 - 10 December 2015
The workshop for National CRVS Focal Points is aimed at strengthening capacities for setting national targets and collecting, compiling and…
Philippines (the) News
08 February 2019
Between 28 - 30 January, in Bangkok, Thailand, Vital Strategies and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP…
01 February 2018
Every year since 1991 'February' is declared the Civil Registration Month (CRM) in the Philippines. For the month-long celebration, the Philippine…
24 October 2017
In the following interviews held on the sidelines of the Third meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific, participants…
11 October 2017
Expert Talks: Understanding civil registration and vital statistics systems is a series of 22 short interviews with CRVS experts from around the…
03 April 2017
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08 March 2017
The Philippines Statistics Authority created a video highlighting the importance of Civil Registration, how and where to do this and who to ask for…
09 May 2016
This workshop joins ESCAPs latest efforts to imporve CRVS in the region by using an Enterprise Architecture approach on the exisitng Civil…
19 April 2016
On 18-19 April, ESCAP convened a regional workshop for countries who received small grants to support national CRVS improvement activities. The…
29 April 2016
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01 January 2014
President Benigno Aquino III officially declared the years 2015 to 2024 as the “civil registration and vital statistics decade” in the Philippines.…
Philippines (the) Resources
Training and Tools, 2019
This resource provides a full list of members for the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific. The list includes members for both…
Newsletters, 2019
Articles CRVS Programme's Implementation is a top priority in Pakistan Looking at the numbers in the Philippines Call for Proposal from the…
Newsletters, 2018
Articles Philippines: 2018 Civil Registration Month Celebrations New World Bank publications on civil registration Events Seminar on…
International Standards and Recommendations, Meeting Documents, Presentations, 2017
UN Statistics Division organized a workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems in East Asian…
Newsletters, 2017
Articles Third meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific New video series on CRVS systems High-level panelists…
Presentations, 2014
Philippines’ country presentation made at the Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management…
Advocacy Materials, 2017
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics play a key role in facilitating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. A well-functioning CRVS…
Newsletters, 2017
Articles Smart phone app to revolutionize the birth registration system in Pakistan Afghanistan making strides towards universal registration…
Report, 2010
This publication serves as a report of the 'Regional Expert Roundtable on Good Practices for the Identification, Prevention and Reduction of…
Advocacy Materials, 2014
An effective Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) system helps secure a person’s legal identity, tracks the major events of an individual’s…
Presentations, 2016
The Philippine Statistics Authority's presentation made at the Expert Group Meeting on "Methodology and lessons learned to evaluate the completeness…
Newsletters, 2017
Articles Getting Every One in the Picture- What is 'universal registration' ? Who is your national CRVS focal point? Trial of data sharing in…
Advocacy Materials, Country Assessments and Strategies, 2017
Do you want to know how many countries in Asia and the Pacific have a CRVS coordination mechanism? Are you interested in how ambitious the national…
Country Assessments and Strategies, Presentations, 2015
The Philippines' country presentation made at the 1st Regional Steering Group for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Meeting, Bangkok, 28…
Country Assessments and Strategies, Meeting Documents, 2014
A global meeting on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) took place in Addis Ababa from 28-29 April 2014, co-hosted by the UN Economic…
Meeting Documents, Report, 2014
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Newsletters, 2016
Articles Opportunities: Working with CRVS Regional Partnership meeting on Civil registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific CRVS…
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2017
In line with their strong commitment to improving civil registration and vital statistics, the Philippines has identified six interventions to…
Presentations, 2014
A Joint Presentation of Philippine Statistics Authority (PIA) and Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS…
Meeting Documents, UN Official Documents, 2016
The seventy-first session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific adopted resolution 71/14 on the Asian and Pacific Civil…
Presentations, 2014
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International Standards and Recommendations, UN Official Documents, 2014
Through Commission resolution 69/15, countries in Asia and the Pacific requested that further regional action be taken to support the improvement of…
Meeting Documents, 2010
This publication serves as a report of an Expert Roundtable that was held in Bangkok on the 28th and 29th of October 2010 to discuss initiatives in…
Newsletters, 2015
Articles President declares 2015-2024 as CRVS decade in Philippines Guidelines for setting and monitoring the goals and targets of the Regional…
Country Assessments and Strategies, 2015
As part of the reporting structure of the Regional Action Framework on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, by the…
Country Statements, 2014
The Philippines issued this statement in the Ministerial Conference agenda item 6 regarding the State of civil registration and vital statistics in…
Country Statements, 2014
Country statement delivered during the Ministerial Conference under agenda item 4 - Implementation of the Regional Action Framework on CRVS in Asia…
Advocacy Materials, Meeting Documents, 2014
The Ministerial Declaration to "Get every one in the picture' in Asia and the Pacific was made at the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration…
Meeting Documents, Report, UN Official Documents, 2014
The Report of the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific gives an overview of the main outcomes of…
Philippines (the)

CRVS activities in the Philippines are coordinated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). It is up to the Department of Foreign Affairs to register the vital events of the over 10 million Filipinos currently living abroad and forward this information to the PSA. Since 1930 it has been compulsory to register all births, deaths and marriages. Marriages must be registered within 15 days, while births and deaths must be reported within 30 days. Registrations are performed at over 1634 Local Government Units (LGUs) by resident Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs). Registration of vital events is usually free, but some LGUs charge 20 to 50 pesos. In addition, mobile registrations and mass weddings are organized on occasion. The LCRO checks submitted registration forms for accuracy and completeness, then records them into a Registry Book, assigns a Registry Number and uploads the information to the Philippine Civil Registry Information System (PhilCRIS), a centralized database. A complete Vital Statistics Report is published every year but with a two years lag for the data.

The Inter-Agency Committee on CRVS was established in 2015. The following government agencies are represented: PSA, Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Justice, Department of Education, Department of Social and Welfare Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Office of the Cabinet Secretary and the Commission on Population.

CRVS Focal Point:

Mr. Fred Sollesta, Assistant National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

RSG Member:

Mr. Daniel Ariaso, Senior Assistant Secretary, Deputy National Statistician, Philippines Statistical Authority (PSA)

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