Antique’s indigenous people seek mobile registration of marriage, birth docs

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The indigenous people (IP)or the Ati community in Antique urged the Philippine Statistics Authority orthe municipal registrar to conduct a mobile registration for their members withno birth certificates or marriage contracts. She added the conduct of mobile registrationwith the support of the local government unit would be a big help. Antique has around 18,000 IPs composed mainlyof the Ati, the Iraynon-Bukidnon or the upland people, and the Cuyonin or minoritygroup from Cuyo island, Palawan who resettled in the province.(With a report from PNA/PN) Perlita Oyong, chairperson of the IPAssociation of Southern Antique and the Ati tribal leader in Barangay Tina,Hamtic town, said there are many Ati cultural minorities in Antique stillunregistered due to lack of money aside from other reasons. Around 2,000 children belonging to the IPAssociation of Southern Antique, whose members are mostly from the southernmosttowns of Anini-y to Sibalom, have no birth certificates yet. A good number ofthe 5,000-strong association has no marriage certificates. “The Ati couple would rather save their moneyfor their food than getting the Cenomar,” Oyong said. “There are some Ati with no marriagecertificates because of the documentary requirements they have to comply with,which they could not afford,” she said, adding that for instance, thecertificate of no marriage (Cenomar) has to be secured prior a civil marriage. “Many Ati in southern Antique are still notregistered with the local registrar,” Oyong said in local language.  The indigenous people or the Ati community in Antique urged the Philippine Statistics Authority or the municipal registrar to conduct a mobile registration for their members with no birth certificates or marriage contracts. PNAlast_img

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