Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I’m sure you heard the news about the fake birth certificates proliferating in Sabah for our Filipino countrymen in the area. This just goes to show that you should always make sure you file it right and make sure you get authentic records for one of the most important documents that will pertain to your identity.

Marami nga ang palaging nagtatanong dito: na dalawa ang record nila, na wala silang record, na mali ang record. Sa totoo lang, mahirap ang mag-ayos ng isang bagay na dapat naman sa simula pa lang ay maayos na ginawa at tama ang pag gawa.

I hope we all learn from this. A reminder to new parents (or parents to be) make sure that your children’s birth records are authentic, correct, and checked before you sign it and file it. And for those na wala pang record, gawin natin ito ng tama at umiwas sa fixer na nangangako na madali nilang maaayos ang bagay na dapat naman ay tayo mismo ang gumawa para sigurado.

There are a lot of ways to get information on how to do this right. Online you can check this website Over the phone, you can try calling NSO Helpline (02) 737-1111. Personally, you can visit an NSO office near you or you local civil registrar.

Be smart.

Read the news:

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to conduct an impartial probe into the sale and proliferation of fake birth certificates for irregular Filipino workers applying for Philippine passports in Sabah.

“The DFA’s mobile passport teams here and abroad must stand firm against any attempts to undermine the integrity of our passports. The impending crackdown on undocumented foreign workers in Sabah should not be used as an excuse by unscrupulous agencies to forge documents including the birth certificates of our workers,” said Susan Ople, head of the Ople Center.

Plantation workers sought the NGO’s help after a private manpower agency based in Lahad Datu, Sabah, provided them with birth certificates that bore false information. The false information made it appear that the passport applicants were born in the town of Tapul, Sulu.

Jeffrey Sandialan, 19, of Lower Sebatang in Pagadian City, filled up a form from the Office of the Civil Registrar, where he gave his real birthplace and religion, in order to secure a Philippine passport.

The form was collected by a Filipino-owned agency named “Pinoy Resources” with offices at Lahad Datu near Sandakan, Sabah.

“Jeffrey was surprised when the agency returned a different form already signed and bearing the stamp of the municipal registrar of Tapul, Sulu. The fake birth certificate indicated that his name was “Jeffret Tagontol Sanjalan”, born September 23, 1991 in Barangay Kalang, Tapul, Sulu with his religion now Islam instead of Catholic,” Ople said.

More Filipinos came forward when Ople visited Sabah. They also complained about the discrepancies in the birth certificates supplied by Pinoy Resources owner by a certain Filipina Juvy Ranjit.

Ople said Ranjit charged the workers more than 200 Malaysian ringgits for processing fees.

“It appears to me that these agencies are out to take advantage of these workers’ vulnerability knowing that the Royal Malaysian police will start cracking down on irregular foreign workers next month. Do they have links with illegal recruiters and human traffickers? This probability should also be looked into by the appropriate agencies,” Ople said.

Ople said the DFA investigative team should include representatives from the National Statistics Office since the birth certificates emanate from local civil registrars.

The former labor undersecretary went to Sabah to do some research on human trafficking using the backdoor, meaning through Bongao, Tawi-Tawi to seaports in Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Semporna.

Another Sabah-based manpower agency known as “Who’s The Boss” was also the subject of complaints from different workers who paid hundreds of Malaysian Ringgits for passports that were never released. According to one of the workers, an Indonesian was able to secure a Philippine passport through the said agency.

“The Ople Center recommends that the DFA and NSO conduct a joint probe into all these allegations, and in the meantime, direct the consular teams to refrain from dealing with these two manpower agencies pending the results of the investigation,” Ople said.

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Kayang kaya mong gawin ang mga importanteng bagay na ito sa tamang paraan.