June 22, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A total of 531 persons with disability received copies of civil registry documents for free which were issued and delivered at their doorsteps by employees of the Municipal Civil Registrar Office (MCRO).

The documents issued and delivered for free are birth and marriage certificates.

According to Municipal Civil Registrar Valentina Domaoa, in celebration of Civil Registration Month, staff from the MCRO have been going around the 16 barangays for the whole month of February to ensure intended recipients are covered.

She said 21 were catered by the MCRO in Barangay Bayyo, 38 in Talubin, 29 in Can-eo, 41 in Tocucan, 17 in Mainit, 35 in Samoki, nine in Poblacion, 40 in Dalican, 59 in Maligcong, 21 in Gonogon, 22 in Alab Oriente, 15 in Balili, 25 in Alab Proper, and 23 in Guina-ang.

Domaoa said the initiative aimed to ensure that PWDs in the municipality have access to their birth, marriage, and death certificates without any financial burden.

Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. lauded the staff of the MCRO for addressing the specific needs of vulnerable groups in the community.

He said such initiative sends a powerful message of empowerment, care, and solidarity to the PWDs.

“By delivering these essential documents to the doorsteps of the recipients, we not only made the process more convenient but have also ensured that PWDs have access to important records that are necessary for various transactions and legal purposes. This initiative has not only improved accessibility for PWDs but has also demonstrated the commitment of the local government to inclusivity and support for marginalized sectors of society,” Tudlong said.

The MCRO has also offered free issuance of civil registry documents to the residents of Bontoc last February, of which they were advised to visit said office during scheduled dates allotted to barangays where they reside. – Alpine K. Malwagay and Aprilyn P. Tudlong