ALANGALANG, Leyte – Clarita’s 10 children are not yet registered, raising questions whether they would be able to complete basic education without legal identities.
Clarita, 51 wants all of them to get registered, but the family’s hand-to-mouth existence, coupled by tedious process, bars them from doing so.

“I have to prioritize the record of my 13-year-old son Angelo since he is about to graduate in elementary this year,” the skinny old mother said.

Clarita is the bread winner of the family after her husband Melquiades, 52 suffered from stroke few years back, causing permanent disability.

“I don’t what to do. They said that I would have to spend a lot for their delayed registration, but my income is not enough and my husband is sick,” tearful Clarita shared.

She was left no choice, but to do laundry and earns only P150 to P200 twice week, not enough to feed such a large family. Some of her relatives have been supporting them.

When super typhoon Yolanda struck, their semi concrete house, built out of 32 years of savings, was razed to the ground by strong winds in just few minutes.

“Seeing that everything that we have worked for are already gone just made me feel so weak,” Clarita shared.

But when Clarita heard about the mobile civil registration projects of IDEALS, she immediately listed her school-aged children as beneficiaries. This week, three of his children got copies of their civil registration records, including Angelo.

“They will need it on their way to achieving their dreams and I am really grateful,” she added.

Mother of 10 finds hope in civil registration

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