Young dad Roxanne Kenny R. Salve breathed a sigh of relief when he held a hard copy of the certificate of live birth of his four-year-old daughter Emmelia Renne, the first recipient of the mobile civil registration project.
For Salve, a 23-year-old father, the project eased the burden of processing civil registration documents of their only child, who will be enrolling in a pre-elementary school this academic year.
After presenting copies of all requirements for late registration, Salve and his wife Emalyn finally got the authenticated copy in just five minutes.
The document was released during the recent launching of the mobile registration project in Palo, Leyte where dozens of officials witnessed the event.
“Now, we have the basic requirement for our daughter to enter pre-elementary school,” he gladly said.
“After our child’s birth, we’re not able to immediately process papers to register my child at the local civil registrar’s office. The baby was premature and my wife was not able to recover soon. I was also with my work,” recalled Salve, who worked as an online trader of gadgets before super typhoon Yolanda struck.
Although it is mandatory, the hospital in Tacloban City, where Emile Renne was born in 2009, failed to register the child’s birth at the local civil registrar’s office.
Salve’s daughter is just one of the targeted 100,000 beneficiaries in Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar of the mobile civil registration project, on of the major undertakings under the Access to Benefits and Claims After Disaster conceptualized by the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, Inc. (IDEALS).
Paralegals and lawyers of IDEALS helped Salve in producing affidavits and certifications necessary for late registration.
The young dad is expected to facilitate the registration of thousands of people in his hometown as an area coordinator of the said project, designed to assist people in registering vital events and secure authenticated copies of civil registration documents.
The mobile civil registration project, with main funding support from the United Kingdom Aid through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), is backed by national government agencies, local government units, and several UN agencies.
“Through this initiative, civil registration has been made easier and convenient for the registrants. It has improved both levels of registration and quality of data,” Salve said.