A comedy of errors. That’s how Geraldine would describe the root cause of the problem she had with her birth certificate. And she did not realize this until after she graduated from college and is now working on her papers to take the board exams for nurses.
Her full name is Geraldine Tee Garduque. The name written on her PSA birth certificate is Geraldine T. Garduque.
How do you repair this mistake?
According to the website of the Philippine Statistics Authority (www.psa.gov.ph), this error can be corrected by filing a petition for correction of clerical error under the provisions of R.A. 9048. This is the act that authorizes the Local Civil Registry office to apply corrections on typographical errors on civil registry documents without the need for a court order.
Who shall file:
- Owner of the record
- Owner’s spouse
- Parents and Siblings
- Other person duly authorized by law or by the owner of the document sought to be corrected;
- If owner of the record is a minor or physically or mentally incapacitated, petition may be filed by his spouse, or any of his children, parents, siblings, grandparents, guardians, or persons duly authorized by law.
Where to file:
- Petitioner must file at the LCR office where the birth was registered. If he has transferred to a different location, the petition may also be filed at the LCR of his current city or municipality.
- If owner of certificate was born abroad, the petition must be filed with the Philippine Consulate where the birth was reported.
- Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected.
- Not less than two (2) private or public documents upon which the correction shall be based like baptismal certificate, voter’s affidavit, employment record, GSIS/SSS records, medical records, business records, driver’s license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI / Police Clearance, civil registry records of ascendants.
- Notice / Certificate of Posting