Are you one of the many Filipinos whose first name in his or her PSA birth certificate is either Baby Boy or Baby Girl? Sakit ba sa ulo? Good thing the Philippine Statistics Authority already has a prescribed solution to help you get rid of these “babies” in your birth certificate and replace it with a proper first name.
Did you know that the year when you were born makes all the difference in the solution for this birth certificate problem? Read on:
If the child was born before 1993
The first name “Baby Boy”, “Baby Girl”, “Boy”, and “Girl” as considered as if the first names were omitted, hence these are cases falling under the procedure of supplemental report (Memorandum Circular dated September 12, 2008 re “Revisions n Paragraph 2, Case No. 1 of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-2008).
If the child was born in 1993 onwards
The “Baby Boy”, “Baby Girl”, “Baby”, “Boy”, and “Girl” are already considered as a first name and can be corrected by filing a petition for change of first name under RA 9048 (Memorandum Circular dated September 12, 2008 re “Revisions n Paragraph 2, Case No. 1 of Memorandum Circular No. 2007-2008).
You do not have to live your life as a “baby” just because someone made the grave mistake of placing “baby boy” or “baby girl” in the first name field in your birth certificate. Have it corrected now so you can start using your real given first name in all of your IDs and documents.
If you’ve experienced having “baby boy” or “baby girl” dropped from your name, maybe you can share your experience with us in the comments.