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Iloilo City intensifies a program to aid with birth registration.

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The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) initiated the PBRAP project with the local government’s assistance. Barangay Lanit in Jaro district is one of the communities of indigenous people (IP) who have benefited from it.

At least 21 people of the Ati tribe without birth certificates have attended the local PSA office to register and obtain their birth certificates, according to Marivel Gargalicana, Local Civil Registrar Registration Officer II, who stated this in an interview on Monday.

“The first phase, which involved compiling names and checking at the PSA office to see if anyone had birth certificates, was finished. We can now move forward with the registration because we already have an omnibus certification from PSA, she said.

Most of the IP children, according to Gargalicana, are school-age and some of them were born outside of the city. Other parents mentioned financial reasons for not registering their children’s births, while others cited a lack of time.

According to Gargalicana, “their motivation was therefore geographical and financial because they believed that obtaining a birth certificate is expensive and complicated.

Beneficiaries of the PBRAP will obtain free copies of their registered birth certificates on secure paper thanks to a collaboration with the local government.

Gargalicana stated that after the memorandum of agreement between the city government and the PSA was signed on October 11 that the Liga ng mga Barangay in the city would brief all barangay leaders about the initiative.

They will serve as the focal points for information gathering, the PBRAP’s first step, she explained.

Over 7,000 late birth registrants are to be accommodated by the PSA in the city.

One of PSA’s largest projects, PBRAP attempts to boost civil registration rates, particularly in underserved groups like IPs. Providing support in handling the beneficiaries’ delayed birth registrations is one of the project’s facets.

In addition to the PBRAP, the municipal government has been distributing a lot of information about the value of birth certificates and how to protect them.

“A person’s birth certificate serves as the foundation for their identification. If you don’t have a birth certificate, you won’t have a legal name, a nationality, or be recognized by the government, according to Gargalicana.

The document is necessary to obtain government-provided social assistance, get married, go to work, and take a trip abroad.

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