Undocumented IDP kids get birth certification from Muslim NGO PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:09

Another batch of 243 internally displaced children (IDC) received their birth certification from the Jabu-Jabu (The Calling), Inc. in awarding programs on Thursday, October 8 at two temporary shelter sites in Zamboanga City.

With the birth certification, the children and their respective families became eligible to receive food and livelihood assistance from Action Against Hunger (ACF, its French name’s acronym), one of the international humanitarian organizations that have been assisting victims of the 2013 attack on the city.

Jabu-Jabu president Jaafar Kimpa was assisted by ACF program manager NashruddinModin is handling out the certificates to 160 children in Masepla resettlement site located in Barangay Mampang and to another 83 children at the Buggoc settlement site in Barangay Sta, Catalina. Most of the children are Badjaos whose parents customarily do not register their birth with the government’s civil registrar office.

Under Jabu-Jabu’s Katarangan sin Paggunting project, Kimpa has documented the birth of over 4,000 children whose birth were not covered by formal birth certificates issued by government upon application. The certification is attested by the parents, community imam, and Kimpa  and copies are given to the local barangay office, mosque, parents and civil registrar office.  Although it is not a substitute for a birth certificate by the local registrar, it serves as a supporting document when the standard birth certificate of live birth is later processed, Kimpa said.

Jordan Taib was one of the parents who brought his 3-year old daughter to receive her Jabu-Jabu certification at the Masepla site awarding. He said that he was not able to report to the local registrar office his daughter Nisha’s birth, which took place at the family residence in Rio Hondo because of financial constraint. His two older kids were registered but their certificates were lost when their house was burned during the 2013 siege, he said.  A fish vendor before theZamboanga war, he now works as temporary security officer of city hall in Masepla.

There are over 880 IDP families living in Masepla, and most of the children do not possess birth certificates, Kimpa observed.

The documentation project is supported by Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) through the Interreligious Solidarity for Peace ISP) movement.