Category: NSO Birth Certificates and more


1 Jan 03

Are you one of the many Filipinos who tried requesting for a copy of their birth certificate at the PSA and got a negative certificate instead?  If you get a negative certificate, it means that the PSA does not have a record of your civil registry document in their files.

This could be disheartening at first, but the good news is, there is a solution to this common birth certificate problem.  We are sharing an in-depth guide on how to file for late registration of birth so you could finally have your very own PSA birth certificate.

Before we go any further though, let me tell you that filing for late registration of birth with the intention of changing or correcting any information in your registered birth certificate is WRONG.  This will only result in more confusion on your civil registry records and might invalidate your personal identification documents in the future.  There are various ways you can correct the wrong information in your birth or marriage certificates, most of these we have featured in our blog.  You can also ask the Local Civil Registry (LCR) for the best solution to your birth certificate problem.

3 Steps for Late Registration of Birth Certificate:

  1. Confirm with the LCR that your birth is truly unregistered.

When you receive a negative report from the PSA, it does not automatically mean that you do not have a birth certificate. It could also mean that the local copy of your birth certificate was not forwarded to the PSA and that is why the PSA could not find your record in their files.

So first, visit the LCR of your birthplace and ask for a local copy of your birth certificate.  If they are able to find your records, have them endorse that to the PSA so you can get a PSA-certified copy of your birth certificate.  This process usually takes one month to complete and you need to visit the PSA’s main office in East Avenue, Quezon City for the first copy of your PSA birth certificate.

However, if the LCR could not find a local copy of your birth certificate, it means that your birth was not reported and you truly do not have a birth certificate.  This shall be your basis for applying for delayed or late registration of birth.

  1. Get the list of requirements for late registration of birth.

The requirements and fees for late registration of birth vary per municipality.  You can either check online or visit the municipal or city hall of your birthplace to get the most updated list.  Below is the list of requirements from the Quezon City hall (you can use this as basis, however, your birthplace’s municipal hall may still require more or lesser documents from this list):

  • Negative Certification from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
  • If the child is LEGITIMATE:
    • Original copy of Baptismal Certificate and
    • Parents’ PSA Marriage Contract
  • If the child is ILLEGITIMATE:
    • Original copy of Baptismal Certificate and
    • Joint Affidavit of two (2) Disinterested persons.
    • Acknowledgment through documents (if father/mother or both parents are deceased).
      • Insurance
      • School Report Card
      • Title of House and Lot
      • Certified True Copy of Death Certificate

Fees:

The fees for late registration of birth varies depending on the location and even age of the applicant.  A good example is in Makati where if the applicant is below 2 years old, the filing fee is Php 200; however, if the applicant is 2 years old or older, the fee is Php 500.

Again, the requirements (and fees) may vary depending on the municipal or city hall you are transacting with.  So it is best that you inquire first before working at completing your documents.

  1. Submit the complete set of documentary requirements at the LCR.

Late registration of birth must be filed at the LCR with jurisdiction over the place of birth of the unregistered person.  However, if you no longer reside in your birthplace, you may file an Out-of-town Late Registration or Reporting of Birth at the nearest LCR to your place of residence.  They should be able to process and transmit your documents to the LCR of your birthplace.  You need only to pay an Endorsement Fee of about Php 290 to complete the out-of-town transaction.

You may claim the first copy of your PSA birth certificate at the PSA’s main office in East Avenue, Quezon City.  This usually takes 3 to 6 months to complete.

If you have more questions about late registration of birth, you can send us an email and we will do our best to find the most appropriate answer for you.

Sources:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.quezoncity.gov.ph

www.makati.gov.ph

1 Jan 03 C

Parents are obligated to register their babies as soon as possible, after birth.  By law, you should be able to properly register the details of your child’s birth within 30 days from the date of his birth.

Here’s how:

How to register a newborn baby born in a hospital:

  1. Be ready with your baby’s name.

The parent or parents should have already decided on the baby’s name weeks before it is born.  Write it on a piece of paper or save it in your phone’s note app so that the nurses and other attending personnel at the hospital would know how to spell your child’s name.

For your child’s sake, avoid giving him or her a complicated name – one that is too long and hard to spell.  You are only increasing the risk of the baby’s name getting misspelled in his or her Certificate of Live Birth and in other transactions as he or she grows up.

  1. Prepare the documentary requirements in advance.

Among the documents that the hospital may require from you are:

  1. PSA Marriage Certificate of parents (if married)
  2. Affidavit of Admission of Paternity filled out and signed by the father (if parents are not married but the father wants the child to use his last name).
  3. Private Handwritten Instrument or an official document that is handwritten and signed by the father to prove that he wholeheartedly recognizes the paternity of the child during his lifetime (again, if the parents are not married but the father would like to recognize the child as his and allows the child to use his last name in the birth certificate).
  4. Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father filled out and signed by the father (the blank form will be provided by the hospital).
  5. Photocopies of the parents’ valid IDs.
  6. SSS, PhilHealth, and health insurance/HMO claim forms.

The affidavits executed by the biological father (in case the child is born illegitimate) shall be permanently attached to the child’s birth certificate.

  1. Accomplish the Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) Form.

The details of the birth, such as date and hour of birth, names of attending doctors and nurses, weight and gender of the baby, shall be provided by the attending physician, nurse, or hospital administrator.  When the parents are handed the COLB, these details must already be clearly written on the form.

The parents shall fill out the rest of the form, including:

  • Name of the baby.
  • Complete names of parents (as they appear on the parents’ PSA marriage certificate and individual PSA birth certificates).
  • Parents’ religion, occupation, citizenship, date, and place of marriage (if the parents are married).

Double-check all entries before submitting the form to the hospital administrator.  Any misspelled name or address, or incorrect dates, initials, or any other detail, shall remain as is (incorrect or misspelled) until your child’s birth certificate is submitted to and certified by the PSA.  These mistakes could cause tremendous problems to your child in the future while some might even have to go through court hearings just to rectify the errors.  So take time to review all entries in your child’s birth certificate before submitting them to the hospital.

The hospital should be able to submit the accomplished COLB to the local civil registrar (LCR) within 30 days after the child’s birth date, otherwise, the child’s registration shall be marked late.

  1. Secure your copy of your child’s Certificate of Live Birth (COLB).

This should be the same copy received by the LCR and duly submitted by the hospital where you gave birth.  If the hospital has not contacted you regarding this 30 days after you give birth, follow it up with them.

The LCR’s job is to endorse your child’s COLB to the PSA so that your child would have a PSA-certified birth certificate.

  1. Get a copy of your child’s PSA Birth Certificate.

The process of endorsing and generating a PSA birth certificate takes about 3 to 6 months to complete.  It would be safe to start checking with the PSA four months after you give birth (assuming the LCR has diligently submitted your child’s COLB on time.).

Your child’s first PSA birth certificate may be obtained at the PSA main office in East Avenue, Quezon City.

We shall also feature the process on how to register a baby’s birth if he or she is born at home.

If you have any questions about birth certificate registration, just drop us a line and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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1 Jan 03 B

A CENOMARor Certificate of No Marriage is a primary documentary requirement for those who are planning to get married.  It serves as proof that you or your would-be spouse is legally single – never contracted marriage or a previous marriage has been annulled.  It basically tells you if you are free to marry another person.

The CENOMARfollows a 6-month validity period and may be needed as early as when you file your application for a marriage license.  There are two ways you can get a copy of your CENOMARfrom the PSA: you can either go directly to any PSA office near your area or you can order it online at PSAHelpline.ph and have it delivered to your home or office.

How to get your CENOMAR at the PSA:

Requirements:

  • Duly accomplished CENOMARapplication form.
  • Present at least one valid ID:
    • Company ID
    • SSS/GSIS/Philhealth/Pag-IBIG ID
    • Driver’s License
    • Passport
    • PRC ID
    • Senior Citizen’s ID
    • Voter’s ID
    • NBI Clearance
    • PhilPost ID
    • PWD ID
  • If you are getting the CENOMAR of another person, you need to present an authorization letter signed by the owner.
  • Prepare P210.00 per copy of CENOMAR as a processing/application fee.  Pay only at the PSA cashier and make sure you are issued a government receipt. Never transact with fixers.
  • The CENOMAR may be released to you on the same day or may take as long as 10 days.

How to get your CENOMAR online through PSAHelpline.ph

There are three ways you can order your PSA CENOMAR from PSAHelplinePSAHelpline:

A CENOMAR costs Php 465.00 when you order through PSAHelpline (through any of the above channels).  That amount already includes the processing and delivery fees.  You can pay right at the website using your Visa or Mastercard credit card or at any of their partner payment facilities:

  • PNB
  • Metrobank
  • BDO
  • Bayad Center
  • ecPay at 7-11 stores
  • Bancnet ATMs
  • TouchPay

When ordering online, make sure to provide all the complete and correct details of the owner of the CENOMAR, including the correct delivery address, a working email address, and mobile and landline numbers for quick coordination with the courier on the day of delivery.

While the website and chat facilities are user-friendly, you might want to pay closer attention to the delivery guidelines.  Due to the Data Privacy Act, the PSA has implemented stricter measures to ensure that these civil registry documents are only delivered to its rightful owners or their authorized representatives.

For your benefit, I am including the list of IDs and documents you need to be able to present to the courier upon delivery of your ordered CENOMAR:

What are the necessary requirements to be presented when receiving the documents upon delivery?

If the person receiving the document is the owner of legal age or any of the Authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter of legal age), he or she should present a signed valid original ID.

If the receiving party is not one of the authorized persons, he/she needs to present the following:

  • An original signed letter of authorization (LOA) from the certificate owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • To present a signed, valid, original ID of the owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • A photocopy of the signed, valid, original ID of the owner of legal age/authorized persons (legal spouse, father, mother, son, or daughter, of legal age).
  • A photocopy of the signed valid original ID of the authorized representative.

Again, don’t wait until the last minute before you get a copy of your PSA certificates.  Always keep a copy in your files because you never know when you might need it for your transactions.

Sources:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.psahelpline.ph

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9 Sept 11

I honestly do not know why this happens but it does.  It has happened to some people I know and to a lot of our dear blog and FB followers – they request for a copy of their child’s PSA birth certificate and are surprised to find out that the child’s name or last name are missing!

What do you do when this happens? Read on.

The answer to this type of error in your child’s birth certificate is what is commonly called: a Supplemental Report.

Evidently, the error is not typographical (unlike our topic yesterday) and so the petition for correction of clerical error does not apply to this particular problem.  Here’s how you can file for a Supplemental Report (take note that this approach applies to LEGITIMATE CHILDREN’s birth certificate only):

  1. Submit a copy of the child’s PSA birth certificate with the missing name details to the Local Civil Registry office where the child’s birth was registered.
  2. Include copies of the child’s other identification documents such as school IDs, baptismal certificate, photos, etc.
  3. The LCR will forward a petition to the PSA for review and approval. Meanwhile, the parents shall publish a notice of the case in newspapers and run this for two weeks.
  4. The parents may also be required to file an affidavit explaining the reason for the missing entries.
  5. Once the petition is approved by the PSA, the child’s birth certificate shall be duly annotated with the correct first, middle, or last name and the parents can request for the first corrected copy of the birth certificate at the PSA main office.
  6. This type of correction takes about three to four months to complete.

Again, after you have requested for the first corrected copy from the PSA, you may simply order the succeeding copies of your child’s PSA birth certificates online at www.psahelpline.ph.  This is the more convenient alternative to traveling all the way to PSA offices and waiting in line to get your documents.  PSAHelpline.ph processes your orders and delivers your PSA documents right at your doorstep.

Tomorrow’s topic should be more exciting (and a bit different from birth certificate corrections): does your child become illegitimate after an annulment?

We have a summary of solutions to the most common PSA birth certificate problems!  Read our blog, Common PSA Birth Certificate Problems (and their solutions!).

Visit us again tomorrow!

 

Reference: www.psa.gov.ph

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9 Sept 10

I may have already written about this topic before but I noticed that there are more and more people who send emails and messages asking me how to have a misspelled name (on a PSA birth certificate) can be corrected.  And fast. Haha!  All of us want quick fixes for everything.

Although I could not make the process of correcting your child’s misspelled name faster, I know I could still help by posting yet another “how-to” blog on the topic.  This time, I made sure the details are shorter and easier to follow.

So mommies, I truly hope this topic that I resurrected from my archives helps.  Read and share!

A misspelled first name in a PSA birth certificate can be corrected by filing a petition for correction of a clerical error.  This applies to corrections that are clearly and evidently the result of carelessness in typing.

The last statement is important because there are some misspelled names that do not look like typographical errors. Example:

The child’s name is supposed to be Rachelle but what’s written on her PSA birth certificate is Rochelle.  The name may be misspelled, as far as Rachelle is concerned, but Rochelle is also a valid girl’s name.  In cases like this, the LCR may recommend solutions other than the correction of a clerical error.  I just wanted to make that clear before we proceed with the rest of today’s article.

So assuming yours is really a clerical or typographical error, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Proceed to the LCR or municipal hall of your birthplace and bring with you a copy of the erroneous PSA birth certificate. To support your claim, bring relevant documents bearing the correct spelling of the first name such as a baptismal certificate, school records, IDs.
  2. Fill out the forms from the LCR and pay the corresponding administrative fee. This may vary, depending on the municipality (others have approximated it at Php 1,500); what is important is you pay only to the municipal or city hall treasurer or cashier and you should be issued a government official receipt.

3. Your petition will be submitted by the LCR and you will be advised to wait for around three to four months.

  1. If your petition is approved, you will not be issued a new birth certificate. Your existing PSA birth certificate will be duly annotated to show the correct spelling of the first name.

And that’s it!  You just really have to be patient and vigilant in making follow-ups to make sure that your petition is being attended to.

When you claim the first corrected copy of your PSA birth certificate, you have to request for it in person at the PSA office in East Avenue.  After that, you may just simply order for a copy at PSAHelpline.ph whenever you need a new copy of your annotated PSA birth certificate.

Tomorrow I will write about birth certificates that have missing entries in the First Name, Last Name, and Middle Name fields for legitimate children.  So visit us again tomorrow!

We have a summary of solutions to the most common PSA birth certificate problems!  Read our blog, Common PSA Birth Certificate Problems (and their solutions!).

Source: www.psa.gov.ph

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9 Sept 3b

The pilot test for the national ID began last September 1, 2019.  Although the PSA is focused on registering DSWD beneficiaries and selected government agency employees, they are geared to go full blast by mid-2020.  This got me thinking: Pila nanaman sa PSA offices nito sa pag kuha ng birth certificate!

The PSA birth certificate remains to be the primary documentary requirement for the national ID registration (don’t tell me I didn’t tell you, haha!).  And based on the PSA’s assessment, they are expecting a rough total of 107 million Filipinos who will be applying for the national ID once they open it to the general public next year.  Imagine more than 1 million individuals requesting for copies of their birth certificate?  I cannot!

So to get a head start, I decided to request for copies of mine and my family’s as early as now.  I am doing this because based on my experience, the worst months to request for PSA certificates is between January to June.  The K to 12 program is partly to blame for this because school enrollment got spread out to different months, affecting high school and college applications all over the country.  Parents line up at PSA offices, requesting for their children’s birth certificates from as early as January until classes formally open on August and September.  If the national ID is expected to roll out by the middle of next year, that should triple the lines at PSA offices, of people requesting for copies of their birth certificates.

I’m not doing that.  And neither should you!  I know how you can get a copy of your PSA birth certificate without lining up (or taking a leave from work, or commuting under the heat of the sun, or getting caught in traffic!).

Here’s how:

  1. Order online at www.psahelpline.ph

Log on to this site and place your order for birth, marriage, CENOMAR, or death certificate.  The site is user-friendly and will take no more than 10 minutes to finish the entire ordering process.

Make sure you provide a working and accessible email address as well as a mobile number.  You will be given a reference number that you can use to track your order.  In a few days, a courier will deliver your PSA documents right at your doorstep!

What I love about PSAHelpline are the various payment options that they offer —  I think this adds to the convenience and security that I normally look for when shopping online.  I often pay with my credit card, right on the website, but they also have remittance center partners and accredited banks where you can pay over-the-counter.

I live in Manila and in the eight times that I ordered from them, I would always get my documents no more than three days after I made my payment.

They also have a customer service hotline that you can call in case you have questions or would like to make a follow up on your order.

Website: www.psahelpline.ph

Hotline: 02-737-1111

  1. Facebook Messenger of PSAHelpline

Make sure to like and follow them on Facebook because you can also order through Facebook messenger!

Ordering through this channel is just like chatting with a friend, all you have to do is provide the details just as you would when ordering through the website.  I tried this once when I was on a trip and did not have a laptop with me.  Super convenient and fun!

  1. Call the PSAHelpline hotline

If you are in Metro Manila, just dial 737-1111 and a contact center agent will answer your call. He or she will take your order for you and provide your reference number.  If you are calling from outside Metro Manila just add 02 (737-1111) to be connected.

They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

  1. Or you can visit the nearest PSA office

You have to be early though so you can beat the long lines.  I tried this once and realized that it could probably work for people who have a lot of free time on their hands.  It was still a good experience to visit a PSA office; I got some flyers that had FAQs about birth certificate corrections and other important announcements.  I kept those flyers knowing it will come in handy in the future.

My advice?  Choose the option that is most efficient and convenient for you.  But whichever option you choose, I suggest you do it now and not wait until next year.  You never know when the government might change its mind and decide to move the mass registration for national IDs at an earlier date.  It is best that you already have your PSA birth certificate with you now than wait until next year when everyone else decides to get their copies.

Daig ng maagap ang masipag!

See you at the registration centers, friends!

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8 Aug 22 (1)

My friend remembers that one of the most challenging things she had to accomplish for her wedding was securing a marriage license.  She recalls having a handful of questions about it but not being able to find anything of value online.  She ended up visiting the Quezon City hall where she finally got a list of the things she needs to prepare, the fees she needs to pay, and answers to her FAQs.

Her experience inspired me to write today’s blog and I hope that this too can help other would-be brides and grooms in preparing for their wedding (at least on getting the marriage license part, haha!).  Here are the questions she had in mind then; I turned them into FAQs!

Can I apply for a marriage license in Metro Manila even if my wedding will be held in Baguio?  I work in Manila and have lived her (temporarily) for seven years.  I was born and raised in Baguio.

Yes, you can.  Actually, you can apply for a marriage license at any of the following areas:

  • Where you or your fiance reside.
  • At your or your fiance’s hometown.

Just remember that when applying for a marriage license, you need to personally appear at the city hall or municipal hall – you cannot send a representative to secure the license for you.

You can use the marriage license anywhere in the Philippines.

What are the requirements I need to prepare?

  1. Duly accomplished marriage license application form (four copies).
  2. PSA birth certificates of the bride and groom.
  3. PSA Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR)
  4. Certificate or proof that you have completed the required marriage counseling or seminar. There are some cities and municipalities that require the couple to attend the marriage counseling and the family planning seminar even if you have attended this before. Always check with the city hall and don’t be surprised if this is part of their requirements.
  5. Government-issued IDs such as your passport, UMID, Voter’s ID, SSS or GSIS, etc.
  6. Of course, your personal appearance.

Any other additional requirements I should know of?

Some city halls may require you to submit additional documents so it is best to have the following ready as well:

  1. Baptismal certificate
  2. Residence certificate/Tax certificate/CEDULA

Prepare photocopies of your documents as the city hall is sure to ask for copies for their records.

How do I file for a marriage license?

Once you have all the documents ready, you can file your application at the city or municipal hall of your choice.

Marriage license fees range between Php 280 to Php 350.  You can verify at the Treasurer’s office before you begin your transaction, just to be sure.

You will be issued a receipt after payment; this shall also serve as your claim stub.  Normally, a marriage license is released within 10 days after filing and payment.

Your marriage license is valid only for 120 days from the date of issue.  If you do not get married within the prescribed period, you will have to go through the entire process of securing a marriage license again, including the seminars.

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7 July 25

The news regarding the bill about PSA birth certificates not expiring and considered valid all the time was sent to my Viber by a friend last Sunday.  I got to read the entire news just this morning and I could not help but write down my (personal) opinion on the matter and why I think this will not work.

So I reviewed my previous blogs that talked about the PSA birth certificate as a basic and primary requirement.  True enough, almost all government transactions like applying for a passport, getting an SSS number and ID, and securing a Senior Citizen ID, the birth certificate must be submitted as the sole basis of the applicant’s identity.  I am sure these government offices are aware that a person’s birth certificate does not expire, so why would they insist on having the applicants submit a new copy – one that was issued within the past six months from the date of application or submission.

Here are five reasons I wrote down and hope this helps everyone understand why it is important to get new copies of your PSA certificates.

  1. PSA changes the security paper (SECPA) where our PSA certificates are printed.

They do this to discourage the spread of fake, Rectofied (get it? Huh?) PSA certificates that some people use in their transactions.  Of course, it is always easier to just have a fake document printed out in Recto (or wherever else you can get a fake document) but do you realize the consequences this sick practice can eventually cause you and your transactions?

The SECPA that PSA uses is unique and secured and has special features that make the document authentic.  Fakers in Recto cannot copy this kind of paper.  So if you want to be sure that the birth certificate you have is truly authentic, get new copies from the PSA every now and then.

  1. Any correction or amendment applied to the details in your birth certificate is considered an update.

So technically, your birth certificate can be updated.  For example, you had your name’s spelling corrected, or your child was legitimated and now carries the last name of his or her biological father – these are changes in your information that are not reflected in old copies of your birth certificate.  Therefore, you need to get a new copy of your birth certificate and use this instead of your old one.

  1. Some establishments and government agencies ask for the original PSA copy of your birth certificate (or marriage certificate, CENOMAR, or death certificate).

Most establishments do not accept photocopied certificates and so you would have to give them the original prints. When you are out of copies, you need to get a new set so you always have a copy of your and your family’s PSA birth certificates.

  1. Government agencies are advised by the PSA every time the SECPA is updated. They reserve the right to require the public to submit their PSA certificates in the updated paper.

Of course, these government agencies and private establishments (like banks, schools, hospitals, etc.) will prefer PSA certificates that are printed in the latest SECPA as announced by the PSA.  This does not mean that the certificates printed in an old version of a SECPA are already outdated or expired; it just means that they want to make sure that all PSA documents submitted to them are in its latest prints.

  1. Old and dilapidated copies are considered invalid.

This is just my opinion – why would I settle for a PSA document that is old, its prints hardly readable, or the paper itself is falling apart when I can easily get a new one?  Of course, I will require the new, crisp copy of the PSA document!  One that I can easily read and file without it crumbling to pieces.

Getting a new copy of your PSA certificate should not be seen as dagdag gastos and pahirap sa mamamayan.  I personally do not think that it is unnecessary, expensive, and oppressive.

It is necessary to ensure that all documents we submit to the government and private establishments are authentic and updated.

Expensive?  How do we even quantify that?  A copy of your birth and marriage certificate costs Php 155.00 and a CENOMAR, Php 205 when acquired directly at a PSA office.  These rates could increase a bit if you order it online and have it delivered to you, but then you wouldn’t have to spend on gas or fare and you won’t have to take a leave from work, so it still is affordable and in all aspects, reasonable.  Why are we even making an issue out of this?

Oppressive?  How is ensuring your documents’ authenticity oppressive?  Do we prefer that government agencies and private establishments like banks and our children’s schools settle for old, worn-out copies of our PSA documents?

I would gladly hear your thoughts on this topic.  Please feel free to send us a message on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MasterCitizen/

Until then, I would strongly encourage you to keep at least one or two copies of your PSA birth certificate and do not hesitate to secure more copies whenever you can.

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7 July 22

I often receive inquiries on how to repair birth certificate errors that are committed by either the parent who filled out the child’s birth documents, or the medical staff at the hospital where the child was born, or relatives who took on the responsibility of registering the child’s birth.  Some of the errors are reparable, while some need to undergo court proceedings and the assistance of a lawyer.  Either way, an error in a child’s birth certificate is a hassle that could have been prevented if the people involved in the child’s registration paid more attention to the details.

To help parents avoid these costly mistakes, I researched online and found some helpful insights from moms at smartparenting.com.ph on how to avoid committing errors on a child’s birth certificate. They also shared unique situations when the errors are most likely to occur, like when the mom is not married to the child’s father and is not sure whether the child could use the father’s last name or not.

So I am sharing with you this helpful article I found online; I summarized it a bit to make it more readable for us.

  1. If the parents are not married and they want for the child to carry the father’s last name:

Per RA No. 9255, these are the documents that the parents need to submit upon registration of the child’s birth:

  • Affidavit of Admission of Paternity – signed by the father.
  • Private Handwritten Instrument
    • Handwritten by the father
    • Duly signed the father
    • He must expressly recognize the paternity of the child during his lifetime.
  • Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father
    • Filled out and signed by the father
    • You may ask the hospital to provide you with a blank form of this affidavit.

The child will now be able to carry his or her father’s last name, by virtue of the affidavit that is permanently attached to his or her birth certificate.

  1. For married parents- bring a certified true copy of the following upon child’s birth registration:
  1. File your child’s Certificate of Live Birth within 30 days from the time of birth.

If you fail to file your child’s birth within this prescribed period, his birth will be considered “Late Registered” and you will be required to present additional documents.

  1. Tell your OB and other medical staff who will be attending to your delivery what last name your child will be using.
  • Medical staff will tag your baby as “Baby Roque” or “Baby Mejia”.  Make sure they know whose last name the baby will be using (yours or the father’s if you are not married).
  1. Decide on your baby’s name beforehand.
  • Write down your baby’s name and make sure the spelling is correct.
  • Inform your doctor and the medical staff of the name you wish to give your child. Give them the correct spelling.
  1. Do not fill out forms when you are too tired from the delivery or still sleepy from anesthesia.

This is when mistakes usually happen.  Instead, have your partner or husband accomplish the forms, or your parents if they are around.  Just the same, make sure you have all important information listed down already before going into labor to avoid typo errors and oversights.

Source:

www.smartparenting.com.ph

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6 June 3

Ordering your PSA certificates (birth, marriage, death, and CENOMAR) has never been easier and more convenient.  All it takes now is a Facebook chat or a visit to the PSAHelpline website and you would be able to place your orders and even pay online or at the nearest accredited payment centers and banks.

For those who feel more comfortable ordering through the phone and speaking with a representative, the PSAHelpline hotline is still available.  Our family has been ordering our PSA documents through this hotline for several years now.  We enjoy the convenience of simply calling the hotline and having someone else process the documents for us.  All we had to do is call and provide the details of the certificate owner, and then wait for the reference number to be read out by the agent.  Once we’ve paid the orders, we just need to wait for the documents to be delivered.

The longest we had to wait for our ordered certificates is 4 business days.  Our documents are sealed and intact every time and their couriers are really courteous.  Once, I had to order on behalf of my dad and the courier did not fail to ask for me and my dad’s IDs and my dad’s Letter of Authorization.  Even with the verification, I still thought that the transaction was quick and hassle-free.  A lot better than going out in the heat of the summer sun or getting stuck in traffic because of heavy rains.

If you need a copy of your PSA birth certificate (or marriage, death, or CENOMAR), I would strongly suggest that you just have it delivered by calling or chatting the PSAHelpline.  Their hotline is (02) 737-1111 and they are available to take your call, 24/7.  If you have already placed an order and would like to follow up on the status, you can also call the hotline and give them your reference number so they can track the parcel for you.  Checking the status of your order is also available online, just make sure you have the correct reference number.

A PSA birth certificate, marriage certificate, or death certificate will be delivered to you for P365, while a CENOMAR is for P465.  These rates already include the processing and delivery fee!  Sulit ‘di ba?

If you want to know more about PSAHelpline, you can visit their website at www.psahelpline.ph or drop me a line and I will do my best to answer your questions.

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