Doctors to get jail term if they fail to register a child’s live birth

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Manila: The Civil Registration Act of 2014 has been introduced by Philippine government which seeks mandate for establishing a more efficient and locally responsive system for recording vital events by making the registration of birth mandatory. Under the new rule doctors and midwives who fail to register the birth of a child within 30 days face a PHP 5,000 fine and a possible jail term. A UNICEF report released last year has stated that 7.5 million Filipinos were not registered or do not have a certificate of birth. Over 10 percent of Filipinos under the age of five, or an estimated 3 million children, were not registered at birth as of 2010.