The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has received 2,089 applications at five birth certification fairs held in the parishes of St. Catherine, Hanover, Westmoreland, and Kingston and St. Andrew.
Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Keeper of Records, Deidre English-Gosse, told JIS News that 1,336 applications were for birth certificates, with 983 delivered to date.
Over 800 of the applications fell in the record updating category, which includes late entry of names as well as late registration, she informed.
The birth certification fairs are targeted at children in the four parishes, born between January 2000 and December 2011, and who has never received a birth certificate. They got underway on October 23 and run until December 13.
“The RGD has recognised that there are a large number of children under the age of 12, who do not have a birth certificate,” Mrs. Gosse said, noting that the numbers were particularly high in the four parishes.
She informed that under an established partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the application fee has been waived for these children.
Mrs. English-Gosse is urging parents to take advantage of the fairs to get their children’s birth documents.
They are advised to take with them, a government-issued identification card, the child’s immunization card (if available), the christening/ baptismal record, as well as the delivery address and contact number.
The next fair will be held in Westmoreland on November 22 at the Bluefield’s Peoples Community Association.
The RGD journeys to the Lucea Christian Fellowship Church in Hanover on December 4; Independence Park in Westmoreland on December 5; and the Old Harbour Holy Trinity Church, St. Catherine on December 11. The fairs culminate on December 13 at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Kingston.
All the fairs will be held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.