Act No. 3753, otherwise known as the Civil Registry Law, which took effect on February 27, 1931, has for its purpose the establishment of a civil register in the Philippines, wherein acts, events, legal instruments and court decrees concerning the civil status of persons shall be recorded.
The Office of the Civil Registrar is responsible for the civil registration program of the city pursuant to the Civil Registry law, the Civil Code, and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations issued to implement them. It is tasked to:
1. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the Mayor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with the civil registry programs and projects which the Mayor is empowered to implement and which the Sanggunian is empowered to provide.
2. Accept all input documents and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of persons.
3. File, keep, and preserve in a secure place the books required by law.
4. Transcribe and enter immediately upon receipt of all registrable documents and judicial decrees affecting the civil status of a person in the appropriate civil registry books.
5. Transmit to the Office of the Civil Registrar the general copies of all registered documents.
6. Issue certified transcripts of copies of any certificate or registered documents upon payment of the prescribed fees to the treasurer.
7. Receive application for the issuance of a Marriage License and after determining that the requirement and supporting certificates and publication thereof for the prescribed period have been compiled with, issue the license upon payment of the authorized fee to the treasurer.
8. Coordinate with the National Statistics Office (NSO) in conducting educational campaigns for vital registration and assist in the preparation of demographic and other statistics for the Local Government Unit concerned.
9. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and function as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.