CARIGARA, Leyte – Mary Divine, 8, must be a lucky girl. Her stepfather, Benito, has worked for her civil registration allowing the child to legally use his surname.

Abandoned by her biological father, Mary Divine has been using the surname of her mother Annie, 32, since she enteredelementary school.

“My current partner told me to process the civil records of Mary Divine using his family name since we don’t have a child anyway,” Annie shared.

Since Mary Divine is not registered, it is easier for her to change her surname from her mother’s maiden surname, to her stepfather’s surname.

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ABCDE helpsgirl to use her stepdad’s surname

CARIGARA, Leyte – Mary Divine, 8, must be a lucky girl. Her stepfather, Benito, has worked for her civil registration allowing the child to legally use his surname.

Abandoned by her biological father, Mary Divine has been using the surname of her mother Annie, 32, since she enteredelementary school.

“My current partner told me to process the civil records of Mary Divine using his family name since we don’t have a child anyway,” Annie shared.

Since Mary Divine is not registered, it is easier for her to change her surname from her mother’s maiden surname, to her stepfather’s surname.

“He is the father I knew since the time I’ve learned how to write,” Mary Divine said, referring to her stepfather.

Fifty-two years old Benito, a farmer, was happy to know that Mary Divine will now use his last name because her classmates have been asking who her father is.

“The last time my classmates asked me about my father, I wasn’t able to answer them because I was shy to tell them who he is, but now having my birth certificate, I can now shout to the whole world that his name is already mine,” the proud girl said.

Meanwhile, Annie shared that life became hard after super typhoon Yolanda. Her husband used to earn P500 a week from coconut farming. Since all trees were destroyed, Benito’s income dropped to P200 a week from part time farm works.

“This birth certificate of my daughter is now a key to her dream. This is very essential in weaving her dreams and make them come true,” Annie shared, with tears rolling down her cheeks.

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Beinte Dos nga Nawong hin Hingyap

(Twenty-two Faces of Dreams)

Is an attempt of IDEALS, Inc. to capture and depict the significance of CRVS

in the lives of Yolanda Survivors. It is a compilation of stories of people

who saw CRVS as one step closer to achieving their dreams.

 

If you need CRVS assistance or know of people who need these services, please feel free to get in touch with IDEALS, Inc. at the following contact information:

; 0917.316.0992; 0998.954.5938

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ABCDE helpsgirl to use her stepdad’s surname

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