Changing her child’s family name means additional conditional cash grant from the government, a poor mother from San Isidro, Leyte shared.
Upon seeing the printed materials, such as poster, flyers and tarps, of the Mobile Civil Registration Project (MCRP) which has a slogan of “Magpakilala, Magparehistro”, 43-year-old Bebelita Palad immediately went on their town’s municipal hall to avail for it.
For a mother of two, the free registration of civil documents reduced the burdens of her daughter Annabelle, 17. The family lives in a coastal village of Biasong in San Isidro Leyte
“If it wasn’t for the free registration, my daughter, will be suffering from the same difficulties all over again,” Bebelita recalled.
Bebelita, a beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), receives P1,600 a month, not until the Department of Social Welfare and Development delisted her daughter from the list of beneficiaries, citing conflicting entries in the child’s birth certificate.
The mother receives P800 from the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to support Annabele’s education due to the conflicts of her birth certificates.
“When I was giving birth to my first child, my husband Allan and I, were not yet married, so I gave her the family name Lomuntad, the surname I was back then,” Bebelita recalled.
Under Republic Act No. 9048, the government prohibits the change of name or surname of a person; any correction or change of entry in a civil register without a judicial order, which makes it very impossible for the mother to solve her daughter’s problem.
“I think, I won’t be able to change her last name to Palad if I have to pay for it. I’m very thankful that there was a free service like this,” she recalled.
MCRP aims to give a free assistance to the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda who needs civil registration documents shouldered by a non-government organization – Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services. – Ma. Jane Cyres Caing, LNU Intern