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KINGSTON — The Registrar Generals Department (RGD) is to launch an islandwide series of consultations with stakeholders in the collection of civil registry data.

This was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the department, Dr. Patricia Holness, who told JIS News that the series of meetings would begin on July 18.

The idea behind the campaign is to standardize data gathering and improve the recording and registration process, she says.

“Just to ensure that all persons are aware of the requirement for the civil registration process so that our civil registration, which is at the base of all identity, is efficiently carried out,” she explained.

Dr. Holness said that the consultations were part of a public outreach programme of the RGD, and efforts would be made to harness a wide cross-section of participants, including marriage officers, pastors, the police, court officers including judges, health service professionals, registration officers, medical records officers, coroners, pathologists, Justices of the Peace and funeral directors.

Other target groups include the Ministry of Health, Child Development Agency,  Embassies and Consulates, Life Insurance Companies, Ministry of Justice, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Supreme Court, Electoral Office of Jamaica, tax administration services, National Insurance Scheme and the National Housing Trust.

“They are going to ensure that all stakeholders comply with the standards and definitions that guide the system,” she said.

Dr. Holness, who is also the RGD’s deputy Keeper of Records, points out that, at the end of the consultations, persons will be much more aware of how their actions link with the actions of other agencies and individuals, in order to get a more accurate collection of data and complete the cycle of civil registration.

“For example someone may die, so the funeral director becomes involved, the family, the coroner and the police. Then it goes to a church, so the pastor is involved and the pastor has to send the burial order back to the RGD to close that whole loop. And if it’s marriages, it goes the same for the hoteliers,” she added.

The consultations will run for five days, July 18, 20, 21, 26 and 28. On Monday July 18, they will at the Mandeville Hotel targeting invitees from Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth; Wednesday, July 20 at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Montego Bay, targeting St James, Trelawny, Westmoreland and Hanover; Thursday, July 21, at the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel, St. Ann, targeting St. Ann, Portland and St Mary.

The following week’s schedule is: July 26, the Altamont Court Hotel, Kingston, targeting invitees from Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas; and the final consultations at the Caymanas Golf & Country Club, St. Catherine.  Each day’s consultations will begin at 8.30 a.m.

Persons interested in participating can send email registrations to consultation@rgd.gov.jm.

These consultations are being undertaken with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Fund for population Activities (UNFPA), better known as the United Nations Population Fund.

 

By O. RODGER HUTCHINSON, JIS Information Officer