Tag Archive: birth certificate correction


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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5 May 21

Now that we know the different types of birth certificate errors and how we can have these corrected, the next question we need to answer is when will the amended copies of the birth certificate be made available? 

This is important information that we all need to know, especially since Pinoys only attend to matters such as birth certificate corrections when a bigger concern is at hand.  For example, you are applying for an overseas job and therefore, you need a passport.  However, you could not secure a passport because there is an error in your birth certificate (such as the spelling of your name, incorrect gender, birth date, or birthplace.).  So you proceed to the LCR of your birthplace to have the error corrected, hoping that you can get it done in a jiffy.

Jiffy is not possible when correcting entry in a birth certificate.  It takes time to apply the corrections and has an amended copy of the document available for the owner’s use.

We did research on how long a birth certificate is corrected and we found out that the timeline actually depends on the type of correction involved.  Needless to say, if your birth certificate required a court proceeding, it would take so much longer than expected.

Below is the list:

  1. Administrative Correction:
  1. Supplemental Report – 1 month
  2. Change of first name – 4 to 7 months
  3. Change of Gender/Correction of Birthday or birth month – 4 to 7 months
  1. Correction of Clerical Error

All cases under correction of clerical error are processed within 2 to 5 months.

  1. Judicial Correction

Cases under judicial correction are expected to be significantly longer; these could go on from one to one and a half years or even longer, depending on how complicated the case is.

Source:

http://www.psa.gov.ph

http://www.filipiknow.net

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5 May 20

There are certain birth certificate errors that need the services of a lawyer and must undergo court proceedings.  These cases will be determined by the Local Civil Registry office that will evaluate the error in your birth certificate.  Remember, before any correction or petition can be filed or applied to your birth certificate, the LCR must first review your documents.  So the only group that could advise you if you need to escalate your birth certificate issue to the courts is the LCR.

What is the process of correcting a birth certificate entry through Judicial Correction?

  1. Contact a lawyer who will prepare the Petition for Correction of Entry.
  2. Lawyers shall file the Petition in the Regional Trial Court. The fee for filing the petition in the Regional Trial Court is P160.00.
  3. The Petition will be raffled and assigned to a branch of the Regional Trial Court.
  4. The assigned Regional Trial Court shall issue an Order for the publication of its Order in a newspaper of general circulation for three consecutive weeks. Fee for publication varies.
  5. The Order must contain the date of the first hearing.
  6. During the first hearing, the lawyer will present compliance of the jurisdictional requirements like the publication of the Order in a newspaper of general circulation.
  7. After establishing compliance with jurisdictional requirements, the petitioner will be presented in court to testify. The court may assign the Clerk of Court to receive evidence.
  8. During the hearing, it is possible that opposition may appear contesting the petition. If no opposition appears, the Clerk of Court will receive the petitioner’s evidence.
  9. After the presentation of evidence, the Court will rule on the Petition.
  10. If the decision is favorable, the Court will order the Office of City Registrar to correct the entry in the civil registry document (birth/marriage/death certificate of the petitioner).

The corrections are likely to be applied to your birth certificate after several months or even a year, depending on how complex the case is.  It is best that you find a good and diligent lawyer who will keep track of your case’s progress in court.

Source: www.psa.gov.ph

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5 May 3 c (1)

If your gender in your birth certificate is incorrect, you can have it corrected under RA No. 10172.  The petitioner must personally file the petition with the local civil registry (LCR) office where his birth certificate is registered.

Below is the list of documentary requirements you need to prepare when filing for such correction, as lifted from the website of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA):

  1. Earliest school record or earliest school documents.
  2. Medical records
  3. Baptismal certificate and other documents issued by religious authorities.
  4. A clearance or a certification that the owner of the document has no pending administrative, civil, or criminal case, or no criminal record, which shall be obtained from the following:
    1. Employer, if employed;
    2. National Bureau of Investigation; and
    3. Philippine National Police.
  5. The petition for the correction of sex and day and/or month in the date of birth shall include the affidavit of publication from the publisher and a copy of the newspaper clipping; and
  6. In case of correction of sex, the petition shall be supported with a medical certification issued by an accredited government physician that the petitioner has not undergone a sex change or sex transplant.

Are there fees to be paid?

The LCR is hereby authorized to collect from the petitioner Php 3,000 as the fee to correct the gender reflected in the birth certificate.

Indigent petitioners are exempted from paying the said fee, provided that the petition is supported by a certification from the city/municipal Social Welfare Office that the petitioner/document owner is indigent.

If the petition is filed with the Consul General, the filing fee is 150 USD or its equivalent value in local currency.

In the case of a migrant petition, there shall be a service fee of Php 1,000 to be collected by the PRCR.

Source: www.psa.gov.ph

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2 Feb 19

Another common birth certificate error involves the owner’s last name (family name).  This could either be blurred, misspelled, or missing (especially if the child is illegitimate).  Unlike first and middle names, correcting the last name can be complicated as some cases require the intervention of a lawyer or a court proceeding.

Today, we are going to feature four cases of last name issues on a birth certificate and how each can be addressed.

  1. Blurred Last Name

Solution 1: If the record of PSA is blurred, you may request the Local Civil Registrar to endorse a copy of your birth certificate with a clearer entry in the last name to the PSA.

Solution 2: If the record of the PSA and the civil registry are both blurred, file a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

Supporting Documents:

  • 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 record, medical record, 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;
  • Payment of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000) as the filing fee.  For petitions filed abroad, a fee of USD 50.00 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
  • Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.
  1. Misspelled Last Name

If the cause of the error is clearly typographical, causing the last name to look and sound foolish, this can be corrected by filing a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error under the provisions of R.A. 9048.

Supporting Documents:

  1. Certified machine copy of the birth record containing the entry to be corrected;
  2. 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 record, medical record, business record, driver’s license, insurance, land titles, certificate of land transfer, bank passbook, NBI/police clearance, civil registry records of ascendants;
  3. Notice/Certificate of Posting;
  4. Payment of One Thousand Pesos (Php 1,000) as the filing fee.  For petitions filed abroad, a fee of USD 50 or equivalent value in local currency shall be collected;
  5. Other documents which may be required by the concerned civil registrar.

  1. No Last Name

If the last name in the birth certificate is blank, a supplemental report should be filed to supply the missing entry.

To supply the missing entry, an affidavit indicating the entry missed in the registration and the reasons why there was a failure in supplying the required entry.  Supporting documents should be provided to show the name of the child.

Supporting Documents:

To supply the missing entry, an affidavit indicating the entry missed in the registration and the reasons why there was a failure in supplying the required entry.  Other supporting documents should be provided to show the first name of the child.

Take note that the LCR or the PSA will advise you of the best course to take when having your birth certificate entries corrected, especially when the error involves your last name.  Always remember that there is a very big possibility that you will be endorsed to a lawyer and a court proceeding may be required to apply the needed corrections.

Reference: http://www.psa.gov.ph/

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July 10

I always thought that if a child is born out of wedlock, the baby automatically carries its mother’s maiden last name (while his middle name is left blank, otherwise, the baby and the mom will appear to be siblings).  Only when the baby’s parents marry will the child have the legal right to adopt the father’s last name.

Apparently, this is not always the case.  Some children are able to carry their father’s last name on their birth certificate even if their parents are not yet married.

How is this possible?

Citizen Services’ Bright Baby has the answer. Click this link!

May 28

One of the leading causes of death in the Philippines remains to be uncontrolled hypertension leading to heart disease and stroke.  In 2017, it was reported that 25% of Pinoy adults have high blood pressure caused by either their lifestyle or inherited the condition from their parents and elders.  The climate and high fat, high sodium diet in the Philippines do very little to help Filipinos avoid the burden of hypertension.

The good news is that hypertension is a manageable disease and the patient is likely to keep its complications at bay with low-cost preventive measures like exercise and diet changes.  Regular visits to one’s physician and easy access to an emergency room can help arrest any adverse effects of an elevated blood pressure as well.

It is good to know that hypertension is covered by the PhilHealth and is available to all bona fide members and their dependents.  Below are some important things you need to remember when claiming your PhilHealth benefits for cases of hypertension:

  1. PhilHealth will cover up to Php 9,000.00 for hypertension cases, where:
  • 30% is for professional fees (Php 2,700.00);
  • 70% for room and board, drugs, supplies, ancillary tests, laboratory, and other procedures (Php 6,300.00).
  1. Benefits for hypertension cases are covered by the No Balance Billing (NBB) policy.
  • Hospitals should be able to provide the complete and quality service for hypertensive Philhealth member patients.
  • The member patient should no longer make out-of-pocket payments for his room, board, medicines, supplies, laboratory, X-ray procedures, and professional fees.
  1. Member patients can claim from PhilHealth only if they are admitted to the hospital (not outpatient cases or emergency room only).
  2. The benefits of hypertension cases are covered by the Single Period of Confinement (SPC) rule. This means that only one claim for hypertension benefits can be applied every 90 days.

A hypertensive person’s blood pressure can shoot up anytime.  It is best to always be armed with your PhilHealth benefits to help ease the burden of hospital expenses.  Of course, the best way to keep yourself from the hassles of hospital confinement and expenses is to exert extra efforts in making sure that you lead a healthy lifestyle:

  • Grab every opportunity to walk instead of riding your car, a cab, or even the elevator.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid salty food and those that are high in cholesterol.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Free your mind of negative thoughts.

Have a hypertensive-free summer, folks!

 

Source: www.philhealth.gov.ph

 

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May 03 - 2 (1)

Are you planning to buy a house soon?  Have you considered getting one through a Pag-IBIG housing loan?

Here are some facts and figures that could help you decide on availing a real estate property through your Pag-IBIG membership.

  • Lower interest rates for Regular Housing Loan

Effective February 14, 2018, the Pag-IBIG began offering home loan interest rates for as low as 5.67% per annum (from 5.5%) for a 1-year fixing period, and 6.37% per annum (from 6.5%) for a 3-year fixing period.  This applies to members who are willing to pay a 25% equity upfront.

Members can borrow up to P6-million, depending on their monthly salary and the loan may be payable up to 30 years.

Pag-IBIG boasts that their interest rates are at an all-time low this year (2018) and therefore, is the best time to avail of a housing loan from the agency.

  • More affordable pabahay for minimum-wage earners.

Lowest interest rate at 3% per annum.

Roughly P1,897.22 monthly amortization for the first five years of a P450,000 loan, over a 30-year repayment period).

No equity

For developer-assisted housing loans up to the prevailing maximum limit for socialized housing loan, the LTV ratio shall be 100% provided the developer’s License to Sell is for a socialized housing project and the loan purpose is for the purchase of a residential unit.

Longer loan term of up to 30 years.

Only 7 documents to apply!

  • Pag-IBIG offers Online Housing Loan Application.

You have the option to submit your application online at http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph/HousingLoan

  • Housing Loan Programs Orientation
    • Every Saturday at 2/F JELP Business Solutions Building, 409 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
    • Every 2nd Saturday of the month at 3/F Lecture Hall B, Legislative Building, Quezon City Hall.
    • Every 3rd Saturday of the month at Rizal Provincial Capitol Multi-purpose Hall, Antipolo City

All orientation programs run from 9Am to 11AM and are given for free to all interested housing loan applicants.

For more information about Pag-IBIG housing loans, you may call their hotline at 02-724-4244 or visit their website at www.pagibigfund.gov.ph

 

Reference:  http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph

 

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May 03 - 1

In a previous article, we featured the guidelines on how you can be sure that you are eligible to claim your PhilHealth benefits after you have been confined and treated in a hospital.  There are cases, however, when even a qualified PhilHealth member is not able to fully enjoy his privileges in spite of showing sufficient proof that he or she must be afforded his PhilHealth benefits.  Sadly though, the causes of these issues are often due to the medical facility’s negligence and refusal to abide by the policies set by PhilHealth for its affiliated clinics and hospitals.

To help you maximize your PhilHealth benefits, here are four important tips you need to know when applying your privileges as a PhilHealth member:

  • PhilHealth does not refund benefits directly to members.

This means that the hospital or clinic must deduct the amount of PhilHealth’s participation in your treatment, from your total hospital bill.  The benefits may not be converted to cash that the hospital “pays” to the patient.

  • The PhilHealth benefit must be applied AFTER other tax deductions, including the Senior Citizen discount.

The Senior Citizen discount and Value-added Tax (VAT) are different from PhilHealth benefits.  If the patient is a Senior Citizen, the SC and VAT must first be deducted from his total hospital bill, before his PhilHealth benefits are applied.

This computation is applicable only if the No Balance Billing was not applied to the patient’s case.

  • 3 Must-have documents when claiming your PhilHealth benefits:
    • PhilHealth Claim Form 1 (CF1)
    • Member Data Record (MDR)
    • Contributions Record
  • PhilHealth members with complete documents must not be made to pay the hospital bill in full.

Some health institutions make the patient pay the full hospital bill with the promise of refunding them their PhilHealth benefits after they have received the funds from PhilHealth.

This is not how PhilHealth benefits are disbursed to members.

Should the hospital demand that you pay the bill in full, even after you have satisfied all requirements for the application of your PhilHealth benefits, report them right away to PhilHealth.  Most hospitals have PhilHealth helpdesks in its premises; you may also call the PhilHealth call center at 02-441-7442.

Reference: www.philhealth.gov.ph

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Question: Can I apply for a passport even if my gender in my PSA birth certificate is wrong? I can have this corrected but that will take time. I already have an appointment with the DFA and I need my passport asap.

Answer: You may go ahead and appear at the DFA on the date of your appointment, bring all the required IDs and supporting documents as listed in the passport.gov. website.  You may be required by the DFA to submit an Affidavit of Undertaking in support of your claim that your birth certificate is undergoing a correction. Take note that the DFA may also simply advise you to come back when a copy of your birth certificate is already available.  It is up to you to explain to them why you still cannot execute a copy of the document.

Question: My wife and I will be accompanying our 3-year-old son for his passport application. Can we both access the priority lane so we can have our passports renewed at the same time?

The Priority Lanes at DFA offices are reserved for Senior Citizens, OFWs, PWDs, pregnant women, and children below 7 years old.  Only one companion is allowed to be with the applicant inside the DFA premises; only this companion may take advantage of the no-appointment privilege.

Question: My middle and last names were interchanged in my birth certificate so that my last name appears to be my middle name, and my middle name appears to be my last name.  What do I do? 

This can be corrected by filing a Petition for Correction at the LCR of the city or municipality where the birth was registered.  It would be wise to prepare copies of your parents’ PSA birth certificates as well to serve as supporting documents to your petition.

Question: When our daughter was born, we weren’t married yet.  We placed a false date of marriage in our daughter’s birth registration. Now we are already married, how do we correct the date of marriage in our child’s birth certificate?

Never, under any circumstance, place false information in your civil registry documents.  These types of cases need to be referred to a lawyer and may undergo a court proceeding.

Question: My child is 2 years old and is already registered at the LCR.  Can I add three more letters to his name when I get his PSA birth certificate?  Is there a fee for this and how much?

If the error is considered clerical (typographic error), you may simply file a petition for correction.  However, if the petitioner wants to “change” the name (in this case, add a few letters to the original name), you will be asked by the LCR why you wish to do so.  Your request may be granted (or denied!), depending on the veracity of your reason for changing the name.

Question: Will the DFA accept the LCR petition letter as proof that the spelling of my name in my birth certificate is already in process. I already have an appointment for passport interview.

No.  You will have to wait until your PSA birth certificate is made available.  The DFA will only accept birth certificates in PSA Security Paper.

Question: Can we apply for the late registration of birth certificate of a deceased person?  We need his birth certificate so we can claim the death benefits. 

You will have to explain to the LCR why you need to “late register” the birth of a deceased person.  Normally, this type of request is not allowed.

Question: I am scheduled to pick up my PSA birth certificate on February 13, 2018 between 1PM to 4PM at the Releasing Area, 5th floor of PSA Sta. Mesa. However, I can’t make it to Manila on the said date.  Is it okay if I pick it up after February 13?

Yes.  Requested PSA documents are kept on file for 30 days until the requesting party comes to claim the document.  PSA reserves the right to dispose of the documents if these remain unclaimed for more than 30 days.

Question: When I was 18 years old, I was “married” to my girlfriend who was only 17 years old then. We separated a few years later and I found out she got married to another man. I am planning to marry my partner too but when I requested for my CENOMAR, the details of my previous marriage are written on the document.  When I asked my ex, she said that her CENOMAR did not show the same.  What do I do?

In order for you to be allowed to remarry, your previous marriage must be dissolved by virtue of an annulment.  There is a huge possibility that your petition for an annulment will be easily granted because both you and your ex-wife were underage at the time you were supposedly married.

Question: I had my birth certificate “endorsed” by the LCR to the PSA.  How many days or weeks or months does it usually take before I am able to get a PSA copy of my birth certificate?

Normally, a week after you are given a copy of the finality an endorsement with the courier receipt by the LCR, you may begin following up at the PSA Sta. Mesa office, building 2.  Bring all the documents given to you by the LCR as proof of your transaction.

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