MANILA, Philippines--Securing civil records dating from as far back as the 1900s up to the present is now an easy task for residents in Caloocan City after the city government launched the computerized civil registry.
The system was formally activated on Nov. 18 to coincide with the birthday of Caloocan Mayor Enrico ?Recom? Echiverri.
In a statement released on Sunday, Echiverri said that with the help of computers, the retrieval of official records such as birth, marriage and death certificates?even those from the 1900s?would be easier.
According to him, the system uses computers, which are all equipped with 10 hard drives and 750 gigabytes. Each computer contains 100,000 microfilmed documents, he added.
One would only need to encode keywords to access the records of a person, Echiverri said.
According to city civil registrar Lucena Flores, it would only take five minutes to process documents using the new computerized format, Echiverri said.
?Residents would no longer have to deal with fixers who victimize people who want to [secure copies of] their birth, marriage and death certificates,? Echiverri said.
He also claimed that the system was the first ever computerized civil registration in the local government level.
?First and foremost, our goal is to ease the burden of residents who used to wait [in line for] long hours just to get their documents,? the mayor said.