Decrease in infant deaths in Baguio, noted

The civil registry office has registered a total of 2,489 deaths in the city last year representing a 3.32 percent increase as compared to the 2,409 death registered in 2015.

The report was revealed in Monday’s flag-raising ceremonies at city hall in celebration of Civil Registration Month with the theme, “Pilipinong Rehistrado, Matatag na Kinabukasan ay Sigurado”.

Civil registry office head Sylvia Laudencia said, however, that infant deaths (those below one year of age) significantly decreased last year by 11.65 percent as compared to 2015.

“This decrease shows that the city’s program on maternal and child health has been effective,” she stressed.

Laudencia added that 1,336 or 53.68 percent of the total deaths registered last year where those aged 60 years and above.

In 2016, the report stated that 1,667 marriages took place in the city representing a 2.71 percent increase as compared to that registered in 2015. Of this number, 665 couples or 39.8 percent were married under civil ceremonies while 60.29 percent were solemnized by priests, pastors or imams.

As to its quasi-judicial function, the civil registry office processed 1,343 petitions for change of first name and correction of clerical errors last year generating P1,373,500 or 40.08 percent of its total collection of P3,426,200.

Laudencia thanked Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog and members of the city council “for their continuous support to the civil registry office’s programs”.-gaby keith