The office of the Department of Civil Status in Port Vila is being made bigger and refurbished at a total cost of Vt9 million.
The extension and reconstruction work is being done by local company, Shem Construction. Funding for the work has come from the Government of Vanuatu and UNICEF, which has provided Vt4 million – Vt2 million for renovation of the existing office including building concrete partitioning and Vt2 million for furnishing of the refurbished office building.
Deputy Director of Civil Status, Etienne Ravo says the new extension will provide additional space for the increasing number of people needing the services provided under the building which is civil registration and passport services, now that more people are requiring passports to go to either New Zealand or Australia for seasonal employment.
The Civil Status office now handles between 200 and 300 people every month needing birth certificates, registration or passports.