Solutions for people with inadequate civil registration

Solutions for people with inadequate civil registration 25 October 2012

Governments see universal birth registration as a concern in achieving the UN Millenium Development Goals. As the Philippines achieves registration rates of only 90%, concerned professionals have established an organisation to help.

The Philippines government aims to cover the remaining 10% of its 1.5 million births a year in its pursuit of universal birth registration.

Towards this goal, another urgent matter has been either overlooked or could no longer be addressed by the existing staff and workload of government. Aside from the unregistered births that have been accumulated in earlier years, the effects of incorrect or inaccurate birth registration also equate to effects of not being registered at all, which prevents them to access opportunities and social services.

To date the government simply advises these clients to solve these problems on their own, or go look for lawyers to assist them with their problems.

These issues led concerned professionals to establish a professional firm offering various services to persons to help address problems of absent and/or inaccurate registration of events and documents affecting their civil status. 

Six successful innovations and six innovative ideas were nominated for the 2012 Innovating Justice Awards held on 2 November 2012. We feature them in a series of insights on the HiiL website.

Read about this original innovation on the Innovating Justice website.