Upon hearing the news of free replacement birth certificates, 52-year-old Dolphy Alumbro, a Marcos regime human rights victim immediately headed to the local civil registration office.
Alumbro, a father of six, is a resident of San Roque village, 10 kilometers away from the town center of Marabut, Samar.
A laborer and farmer, earning P2,000 monthly, Alumbro recalled the ordeal he suffered on May 15, 1984.
He was on his way to the church of Legazpi, a nearby village, for the christening of his fourth son named Julieby when suddenly a group of soldiers from the 20th Infantry Battalion headed by a certain Sgt. Pelyabra arrested him for suspicions that he’s a rebel.
“I was brought to their camp and forced me to confess that I was an NPA. Since they did not believe that I was not an NPA, four soldiers maltreated and tortured me which resulted myself to be restrained from work for fifteen days” he said, showing scar of torture in his chest.
Under Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparations and Recognition Act of 2013, the victims will be given compensation.
This prompts Alumbro and 34 other victims in their village to process needed papers, including the certificate of live birth.
However, the benefit that will be receive will be based on the extent of the effect of the human rights violations.
As of now, Alumbro has all the requirements needed to get the compensation except for the birth certificate.
“The release of my birth certificate is very important. It will give me the chance to get the money that would amount at least P50,000” he said.
“If ever I receive the money, I will use it for livelihood purposes. I am planning to have piggery” he added.
The family’s meager income is augmented by a monthly P1,600 grant from the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.
Alumbro is just one of the nearly 100,000 beneficiaries of the Mobile Civil Registration Project (MCRP) led by the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, Inc. (IDEALS, Inc.). – Archie Faye Belches, LNU Intern