Report: Annulments increase; marriage down

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AN INCREASING number of teenage mothers, children born out of wedlock and annulment of marriages were recently recorded by the city’s Civil Registry.

Baguio civil registrar Sylvia Laudencia raised the alarm as she reported an increasing trend of teenage mothers. Based on records, at least 7 children were born of mothers below 15 years old while some 1,265 or 11.18 percent of children born in the city are by mothers aged 15 to 19 years old in 2013.

The data also shows many of these children are illegitimate with some 4,986 children or 44.07 percent of the total births born out of wedlock, a slight increase of 0.32 percent from 4,970 registered illegitimate children in 2012.


The Civil Registrar explained for every 100 children born in the city, 44 children are born illegitimate.

Civil Registry records also show there is an increasing application for Nullity of Marriage or annulment submitted for registration. These applications increased to 52 cases in 2013 compared to 47 cases in 2012 or an increase of 10.64 percent.

The Civil Registrar called on public servants to act on the challenge of addressing these moral issues, especially on youth actively engaged in premarital sex.

Marriage registration also decreased. From 1,762 marriages registered in 2012 this plunged to only 1,563 marriages registered in the city in 2013.
Vice Mayor Daniel Fariñas, who delivered a speech during Monday's stressed this should be addressed by agencies concerned but most importantly by parents that should be guiding their children not to engage in promiscuous activities.

Meantime, aside from recording these data trends, the city's Civil Registry also implements republic Act 10172 which authorizes the Civil Registrar to correct clerical or typographical errors in the day and month in the date or birth or sex of a person appearing in the Civil Register without the need of a judicial order.

The city department also showed an increasing number of deaths from 2,152 deaths in 2012 to 2,193 deaths registered in 2013 with majority of deaths composed of males comprising 59.83 percent.

In marriage registration, the CRO has also recorded majority of marriages were performed under civil ceremonies totaling 659 marriages or 42.16 percent, 465 or 29.75 percent under church rites and 28.09 percent under other rites indicating majority of those getting married still prefer the civil ceremony which is of minimal expense.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 19, 2014.

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