IMG 5721Young mom Jane Maragrag of San Jose village, Mercedes, Eastern Samar couldn’t imagine how to reconstruct their family’s legal identity without Mobile Civil Registration Project (MCRP).

Jane, 24 , a plain housewife who applied last April for replacement of her children’s birth certificates namely Gellian Jane, 5, and Carl Andrei, 2, and for her husband Garry, 28, happily claimed the said legal document few weeks ago.

MCRP aims to give assistance to the families, who lost their legal documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, certificates of ownership, and other papers which was swept or blown away by typhoon Yolanda last November 8.

“I am so happy that IDEALS came up with this program. Because of this we did not spend money anymore to get a replacement,” Jane said. “If not for this program,we would have spent Php P525 for the live birth which is equivalent for three copies at Php P175 each.”.

Jane appreciates the value of civil registry documents in completing basic education and job hunting. The couple’s eldest child is now a Grade 1 pupil.

When informed about the free service, she really took the chance of applying for her family for them to avoid the tedious process and exorbitant fees.

The typhoon totally wrecked their house, forcing them to seek shelter in a makeshift structure .

Anxious of survival, the young mom recalled that before the catastrophe, her husband earned Php P2,000 monthly from fishing, farming, and copra making,

The fact that the coconut trees were either uprooted or sheared by the typhoon, fuelled Jane’s apprehension she shared with other 400 families of San Jose village, two kilometers away from the town center, accessible through a mix of concrete and gravel road .

But as what the song by Filipino pop band, Southborder says “There’s a rainbow always after the rain,” Jane is full of hope.

Villagers of San Jose which includes the Maragrag family were given houses made up of coco lumber flooring, partitions made of amakan (bamboo matting), and roofing made of galvanized iron sheets by the International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC).

At present, Jane’s husband Garry earns a minimum of Php P2, 500 monthly as one of the carpenters of ICRC’s housing project.

Through the income of Garry, their family can now buy food, other needs, and especially milk for their 2-year-old baby. Their finances a day is Php P200 enough for them to eat at least three times a day.

“But we don’t what will happen if all housing units are completed,” added Jane, who was a native of Tacloban, but decided to settle with her husband in Mercedes after marriage. – Lovely Hazel Valde, LNU Intern

Civil registry record comforts young mom

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