970,000 ARMM residents have no birth certificates—Plan International

7.5M Filipinos nationwide have no basic proof of identity, says executive


COTABATO CITY, Philippines—The UK-based Plan International said it was appalled at the fact that close to one million residents of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has obtained no birth certificates to date.

Carin van der Hor, Plan International Philippine director, said in a statement that this made the ARMM the area with the highest number of unregistered births among the Philippines’ 15 regions.

She said roughly 970,000 people have been living without birth certicates, a very large number as it accounted for about 30 percent of the ARMM’s population.

The official ARMM population based on government-gathered data is 3.25 million, according to Commando Pilimpinas, regional director of the National Statistics Office in the ARMM.

Van der Hor said one reason for this high number of unregistered births in the ARMM was the inaccessibility of government offices where they could register.

As shown by a Plan International study, she said many Muslims have been living far from government centers and the lack of transportation has dissuaded them from traveling there.

Van der Hor said the unstable peace and order condition in other areas of the region has also been a factor in the high number of unregistered births.

Nationwide, at least 7.5 million Filipinos have no birth registration, according to Van der Hor.

“It means that out there, a lot of Filipinos do not enjoy the right to a name and a nationality, this is a basic human right. It means they cannot prove their identity,” Van der Hor said in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Saturday.

She said this was a sad fact because “without birth certificates, many Filipinos could hardly find jobs or acquire travel documents, among others problems.”

To reduce the number of unregistered births in the ARMM, the NSO has started mobile birth registration in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, Pilimpinas said.

He said the conduct of mobile registration – where NSO personnel go from one area to another – would encourage parents to have their children registered, no matter their ages.

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  • shane oy

    omg anong ginagawa ng taga NSO ? makipagchikahan lang maghapon? what a fail.

    • calipso_2100

      it’s not the NSO’s fault. when a child is born, it’s the hospital’s responsibility to report the birth to the local civil registrar. the LCR then forwards the docs to the NSO.

      In some barrios where mothers deliver at home with no professional help, they don’t bother registering their children to the LCR. So it’s their fault.

  • calipso_2100

    No birht certs. pero ang iba nyan ay nakaka boto, at ang iba ay may mga negosyo. lolz

  • misuari playboy

    typical cowboy state pilipina, dang!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Bakit nagkagano’n? Siguro wala silang paki na magparehistro man lang? O talagang sinasadya nila para magtayo sila ng sarili nilang bansa? Para masabi na hindi sila pinoy? MALABO ITO! MALABONG-MALABO!

  • bogli_anakdami

    … ay sus ginoo… ‘sang tambaks ang mga pulubi ditto sa ‘tang inang imperial manila ang walang cedulla … at saka wallang tatay at nanay…
    … kaya sa estimate ko ang populasyon ng flipland eh 200M+… di pa kasama ditto ang mga anaks ng kaksucker padre dumbasso.

    • Marx Louis Wang

      fcuk u, ikaw lang ang flip sa mundong top.

  • Arnie Rossel

    It’s the fault of the local government. It happened to me. My mother registered me. In fact, I had a copy of the certificate but when we checked the local registrar, they could not find my name as well as some of my siblings so my mother had to register us again. We were already high school then. The municipal officer told us, they might have lost our records. Meaning, there could be more than 95 million Filipinos.

  • virgo57

    This region from the very start is the most pampered in terms of support from the national government and yet it still the least developed in all aspects. Reasons; corruption, warlordism, man made poverty, ignorance, culture and religion. The people are carefree and stood pat in their religious belief for not embracing of what a citizen should be and they are one of the most undisciplined tribes. These people are of the most demanding social climber but parasites and too lazy. Regardless of what the government should imposed is just plain waste of time Solution: Disenfranchised this inutile region from voting and dissolved from the electoral exercise as such billion of pesos will be saved.

    • foreignerph

      This is exactly what I think of the Catholic tagalogs. Stay out of Mindanao, it would be much richer if not robbed all the time by “Manila”.

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