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44,000 Yolanda survivors recover vital documents

Some 44,000 typhoon Yolanda survivors have recovered and reconstituted their birth, death, and marriage certificates lost or destroyed during the typhoon last year.

Six months after the typhoon, 44,427 survivors have their vital civil documents re-established through the Mobile Civil Registration Project launched in April by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The reconstruction of vital documents were made available to the typhoon victims for free.

The program was implemented in partnership with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Initiatives for Dialogues and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, Inc. (IDEALS), Philippine Statistics Authority-National Statistics Office (PSA-NSO), local government units, and respective local civil registrars.

Under the project, Yolanda survivors have the opportunity to recover or reconstitute their civil or legal documents, such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, among others, lost or destroyed during the typhoon.

DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman said civil documents are important to prove one’s identity.

These documents are also required in accessing basic services, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.

The project targets to assist 83,790 individuals from the 20 municipalities and cities in three cluster areas: Ormoc City, Tacloban City, and Balangiga.

“Only one month of the project launch, almost half of the target beneficiaries have been served. Given the severity of the disaster and the number of persons affected, where else in the world under comparable disaster could we witness such achievement or result achieved in less than six months after such a huge disaster? Credit goes to DSWD, local civil registrars, and local non-government organization partners,” Bernard Kerblat, UNHCR representative to the Philippines, said.

“This will help you (survivors) in getting back to normalcy,” Soliman said.

Those who would want to avail themselves of the project may proceed to the mobile registration tents in the provinces.