"Tagbanua mothers recognize how important it is to acquire birth certificates for their family members so they may receive more benefits from the government."
- Chrislyn Da-aw, Project Development Associate
A database created in early 2018 identified 21 families comprised of 117 individuals, many of whom are children currently enrolled in Alulad IP School, as a priority group for civil registration.
On February 9, 2018, the Municipal Civil Registrar Office (MCRO) of Culion visited Sitio Alulad, in coordination with Cartwheel PH. MCRO staff began the application process for birth certificates of Tagbanua who had document requirements on-hand.
The MCRO has committed to again visit Sitio Alulad in their latest round of mobile registration in February 2019. Cartwheel PH Project Development Associate Chrislyn Da-aw remains in close coordination with Ms. Indira Maniego of Culion's MCRO, liaising between their office and Tagbanua community members to prepare for said upcoming registration.
Even as much persistence and patience with tedious processes is necessary to complete civil registration for late applicants such as the Tagbanua, commitment remains unwavering from both Cartwheel INTL and Cartwheel PH to help see them through. After all, one's birth certificate is indeed instrumental in accessing better health services, among may other opportunities.
This article also appears on the website of Cartwheel Foundation Philippines.