Births in Baguio drop by 2.92 %
The Local Civil Registry Office reported there were 9,747 registered live births in the city last year which is 2.92 percent lower compared with the 10,040 live births that were registered in 2018.
Local Civil Registrar Maria Bernardita Tabin said of the total live births, 15 babies were delivered from mothers less than 15 years old, while 878 babies or nine percent were born from mothers 19 years old and below.
She said the percentage of illegitimacy remains high at 4,687 or 48 percent of the total number of live births.
There were also 1,738 registered marriages in the city last year, which was a decrease of 6.16 percent compared with the 1,852 marriages registered in 2018.
Of the marriages registered, there were more couples that preferred the civil rights with 42.35 percent over the 39.18 percent solemnized under the church rites.
Last year, 2,997 deaths were registered in the city wherein male deaths comprised the bigger percentage at 57.52 percent or 1,794 compared with female deaths of 1,273 or 42.48 percent.
Other vital events in the life of a person such as legitimation, acknowledgement, and affidavit to use the surname of the father that were registered in the Local Civil Registry Office totaled 4,664 while marriage applications that were received and processed totaled 1,486.
Under the quasi-judicial services of the office, petitions of change of first name reached 112, correction of clerical error – 906, and for migrant petitions – 42.
Republic Act 3753 mandates the registration of all vital events in the life of an individual from birth to death, including the change in civil status taking place in appropriate civil registry books.
Under the law, the Local Civil Registrar is the office in charge with the duty of implementing the provisions of the Civil Registry Law and its implementing rules and regulations in the city or municipality. – PIO release