Not a registered voter? No sedula: Is this the new normal?

Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – Persons who are not registered voters of the barangay can no longer be issued with a Community Tax Certificate (CTC), commonly known as sedula. At least, this is the new normal as far as Barangay Caparan, this town is concerned.

Karlo, together with his wife went to the barangay office of Caparan to get their cedula as part of the requirements they prepare for their job.

They were told, however, the cedula is issued only to those who are registered voters of the barangay.

The couple had returned a month ago to the barangay after they left their jobs in Davao City as they intend to resettle in the place where their parents live. Their parents are residents of the barangay for almost 20 years.

The order came from the Assistant Municipal Treasurer of Ipil, Barangay Treasurer Nicolas Dacula Jr. in an interview said. Jerry Velasco is the Assistant Municipal Treasurer.

They were told, Dacula said in mixed English and dialect, by Velasco “not to issue (Community) Tax Certificate to those who are not resident and registered voters” of the barangay.

When asked what was the legal basis of the order, Dacula cannot cite a specific circular or law for the order saying only it was the instruction they received from Velasco.

A community tax certificate, or sedula (from Spanish word, cedula), is one of legal identity documents in the Philippines, Sometimes confused as residence certificate, which is not, it is issued to by cities and municipalities to all Filipino citizens who have reached the age of maturity upon payment of the community tax. The barangays are deputized to issue the CTC.

Traditionally, it is issued to every citizen needing it without additional requisites, such as registration as a voter, anywhere.

Asked further if this is now the new requirement, Dacula answered they were following the order as told to them by the Assistant Municipal Treasurer. This means that persons who are not registered voters of the town can no  longer be issued with the sedula.

As of this posting, Velasco has yet to return the query. (amm)

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