KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato Province, Jan. 17-- Over 600 residents here availed of the free birth certificate and late registration of the city government to help indigent individuals secure the said document without having to pay any amount.
Launched in February 2020, the "Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko" project, according to City Mayor Joseph Evangelista, forms part of the basic services intended for the residents.
"Every Filipino has the right to have an official document that contains his or her birth details but sad to say that still, many people do not have the capacity to secure this on their own, thus this project came through," said Evangelista.
Further, he stated that the project is in support to the advocacy of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to register each and every Filipino citizen and come up with an accurate census.
The City Civil Registrar, City Legal, and City Information Office served as frontline agencies in processing the birth certificates and in making sure that each client is given appropriate legal assistance. Raul Malaluan and Atty. Jose Paolo Evangelista, City Civil Registrar and City Legal Officer respectively, are both optimistic that the project will help more individuals residing at the different areas in the city.
Some of the villages already served include those with significant number of Indigenous Peoples such as Perez, Birada, Balabag, and Kalaisan along with one of the densely populated Singao.
The "Rehistro Mo, Sagot Ko" project is also very timely given the present coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic where people are advised to stay at home and be safe from the virus, aside from decongesting the concerned or respective offices. All they need to do is to wait for the representatives from the City Hall and provide the necessary information needed to make the document.
At present, the City LGU is preparing to conduct the activity in Barangay Poblacion as the next village beneficiary. (AJPME/JSCJ-CIO Kidapawan City LGU)