DAGUPAN CITY – The city’s indigents are now exempted from paying fees for late registration of births

Also exempted from paying fees are qualified beneficiaries of the “Lehitimo Ako, Batang Dagupeño” program of the city government through the City Civil Registry Office.

This after the Sangguniang Panlungsod approved on December 28 Draft Ordinance 0-638 exempting indigent residents of Dagupan City from the payment of fees for late registration of births as well as qualified beneficiaries of the “Lehitimo Ako, Batang Dagupeño” program.

The ordinance was authored by City Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo, chairman on the committee on laws, rules and ordinances of the SP.

Tamayo said the ordinance is in support of the “Lehitimo Ako, Batang Dagupeño” program of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez that promotes and protects the rights of children in the city.

Among these rights is for children, the moment they are born, to have their birth be registered in the appropriate Local Civil Registrar.

Tamayo, like Mayor Fernandez, believes that the certificate of live birth of a child is an evidence of his identity which establishes his status to the state vis-a-vis the law.

However, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates that 10 to 15 percent of Filipino children born every year are not registered on time for the reason that the children belong to the poor and underprivileged families.

“This unfortunate dilemma is denying these children of their rights to a name, citizenship and nationality. This is why the city government under Mayor Belen is taking the necessary steps to help facilitate the late registration of birth including the legitimization of qualified illegitimate children whose births are legitimized by the subsequent marriage of their biological parents in accordance with the requirements under the Family Code,” said Tamayo.

The City Civil Registry Office under Marrien N. Mejia has scheduled mobile information dissemination in the barangays to review requirements and to answer queries of the applicants from December 19, 2017 to January 23, 2018. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 29, 2017)