Domestic partnership as a lesbian couple is not recognized in the Philippines. Pursuing it takes a lot of documentation (and guts) to ensure that your loving partner is “legal” to support you no matter what. For instance, in childbirth, the State does not recognize a gay partner as your spouse or a parent to your little bundle of joy.
During my pregnancy, I scavenge through the ins and outs of the world wide web. I came across a potential document that can back us up in authorizing my partner in any medical decisions should the need arises. I am referring to a Medical Power of Attorney. I just had to make sure that everything is stated there and the parameters of her decisions and mine. Of course we had to sit down and discuss on the validity, the conditions of where my organs can be donated to in case I don’t come out alive from the operating room, and even having my partner as the direct person to be informed of in any medical procedures and decisions. We had this notarized to ensure that this is legal.
On top of that, we had to prepare the usual Philhealth documents before admission to the hospital, such as:
1. CF1 – to be completed and is available from the Human Resources Department.
2. MDR (Member Data Record) – this can be requested from Philhealth directly or this can be processed by HR.
3. Certificate of Contribution – this should at least be 9 months of contribution, also provided by HR.
It is relatively easier if one’s employed given that this is done ahead of time.
Geared up with these and everything’s a breeze.