For a poor mother like Emelda Cabahug, 49, acquiring a copy of her children’s security paper (SECPA) of birth from the National Statistics Office (NSO) would be impossible had there been no Mobile Civil Registration Project (MCRP).
Emelda, a resident of Balagtas village, five kilometers away from the town center of Matag-ob, Leyte, lives in a semi-concrete house together with her husband, Jimmy, 47, and five children – Bryan 21, Carlo, 17, Jimmelyn, 15, Rizza, 12, and Jia, 11.
Bryan, the eldest child, studies automotive mechanic at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Tacloban. Carlo, Jimmelyn, and Riza are in their high school and Jia in elementary.
Poverty bars the Cadahug Family from getting copies of their civil registry documents printed in security papers, a basic requirement for school admission and graduation.
“My husband’s income is not enough to pay all the expenses for the copies,” Emelda said. “I need to get five copies for my children, which will cost Php P700 at Php P140 each,” she added.
To make ends meet, Jimmy occasionally accepts carpentry jobs earning Php P350 a day’s work. He also plants corn in the rice field and earns PhpP200 during harvest.
Upon knowing the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services’ (IDEALS) program, Emelda immediately applied and avail for it as she has been waiting for that opportunity.