Iloilo to register those born outside hospitals

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ILOILO CITY: The city council has approved on first reading a proposed ordinance establishing guidelines for and allowing the registration of births for those born in the city but not attended by a licensed physician or midwife. Councilor RLeone Gerochi said there is an increasing number of births in this city that are not registered by reason that such deliveries were not done in hospitals or maternity clinics. He cited a provision of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that states that “the child shall be registered immediately after birth and shall have the right from birth to a name and the right to a nationality.” The fulfillment of the right to have one’s birth registered is a prerequisite to the fulfillment of the other rights enshrined in the Constitution such as the right to education, the right to health care and the right of suffrage, among others.

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