A devoted housewife Irene Nugeras, 28, withstood the deadliest typhoon during her third month of pregnancy, fervently praying not to encounter the same horror again.
For a secondary graduate like Irene, life is like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. One hardship that she had encountered was the deadly winds of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that whipped big waves.
“It took away all our possessions including the birth certificate of oldest child. We almost died that day,” she recalled.
Her common-law husband Jeffrey Comeo, a 22-year-old fishermen only earns P200 from a single fishing trip, which took place once or twice a week.
Life is very challenging for Irene that it costs her countless motherly sacrifices that measured her as an individual.
Dwelling in house marked by broken slabs along a coastal area of San Roque village in Tanauan, Leyte they were like playing a poker game with their life as their wager.
Irene doesn’t mind living near the shore since earning to survive is their top priority, unfazed by threats of rising seas.
One day, Irene heard about the Mobile Civil Registration Project (MCRP), which enlighten her mind that has been puzzling on how to reconstruct their civil identity.
Even the actual document was not yet at her hands, eagerness was totally pictured out in her face. A little hope and faith elicit from her hopeless and confused façade.
“This is for the welfare of my children, for them to be able to go to school and study and have a better life than what we have now,” Irene said.
For her, processing civil registration makes a lot of sense as it would give them access to social services they deserve. – Donna Abigail L. Bula, LNU Intern