DULAG, Leyte – When asked why 28-year-old mother Maria was persistent on having her children’s civil registration records processed, she only had one answer – “I don’t want them to experience the same ordeal I had gone through.”

In 2012, the government denied Maria’s application to the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program since she doesn’t have a document to prove her identity.

“My last resort was to be christened so I could get a baptismal certificate as my identification. Since then, we have been getting about P1,500 monthly from 4Ps which is a big help to support our children’s education,” she said.

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DULAG, Leyte – When asked why 28-year-old mother Maria was persistent on having her children’s civil registration records processed, she only had one answer – “I don’t want them to experience the same ordeal I had gone through.”

In 2012, the government denied Maria’s application to the PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program since she doesn’t have a document to prove her identity.

“My last resort was to be christened so I could get a baptismal certificate as my identification. Since then, we have been getting about P1,500 monthly from 4Ps which is a big help to support our children’s education,” she said.

With the help of IDEALS community facilitators, Maria finally got a copy of her birth certificate and that of her youngest son, Ervin. “This birth certificate is a proof that I am me,” the mother shared as tears rolled down her cheeks.

Maria is a resident of a coastal community in Dulag, Leyte that was flattened in 2013 by super typhoon Yolanda’s  fierce winds and storm surges. Her common-law husband, Ervin Sr., 38, earns only P500 a week from fishing.

The family’s hand-to-mouth existence bars them from rebuilding a new house outside the high risk zone. Their family lives in a makeshift hut built out of typhoon debris.

“In the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, we were again deprived of some services from the government because I had no documents to prove my identity,” she said.The young mother had a big sigh of relief when she got a certified true copy of their identities as she believed it is the key to unlimited opportunities for their family.

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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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Past experience prods young mother to have legal identity

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