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Here’s good news to Filipinos na wala pang SSS number!

Do you know that you may now get an SSS number without physically visiting an SSS office?

I’m excited to share this information to everyone, lalo na sa mga nag-uumpisa pa lang magpa-employ, mga kasambahay, at mga OFWs!  Pwede na tayong makapag apply ng SSS number by simply logging on to the Social Security System website at www.sss.gov.ph.  Very convenient!

When I began working many years ago, kinailangan ko talagang mag sadya sa office ng SSS sa East Avenue, Quezon City para lang makakuha ng SSS number ko.  I remember making two trips to the office dahil hindi ko dala ang mga documentary requirements sa unang punta ko.  Isa sa mga kailangang i-submit is a copy of your NSO Birth Certificate.  Madali lang sana dahil pag tawid from the SSS office ay NSO na.  I was shocked though when I saw how long the lines were para makakuha ng copy ng Birth Certificate.  I had mine delivered instead before going back to SSS for my number.

Imagine being freed from the legwork and acquiring an SSS number right at the convenience of your home – whether you are in the Philippines or abroad.  Here’s how the online SSS number application works:

Phase 1

1.Applicant logs on to the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph; scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for the Apply Online! Image.  Click on the Online Registration and Coverage link.

2.The applicant will be taken to the Applicant Record Verification.  He must fill out all the fields marked with a red asterisk, making sure that all entries are correct and accurate.  The applicant must also provide a working email address.  Click on the Submit button when done.

At this point, the web system will verify if the applicant has never been issued an SSS number in the past.  Kapag nasigurong wala pang previous SSS number ang applicant, hihingin na ng system ang mga sumusunod na information:

Phase 2:

  • Home Address
  • Contact Information
  • Marital Status
  • Name of Spouse
  • Name of Parents
  • Name of Children

Kapag tapos na at na-provide na ang lahat ng information na kailangan ng system, ipapadala ng system ang resulta ng verification sa email na ibinigay ng applicant sa Phase 1 ng application.

Ang SSS number na makukuha mula sa online application facility ay temporary lamang.  Ito ay maaaring gamitin for paying your monthly contributions.  Kailangang mag sadya ang member sa pinaka malapit na SSS office para gawing permanent ang status ng kanyang SSS number.  Magdala lang ng kahit alin sa tatlong documents:

Kapag ang SSS number ay permanent na, maaari nang mag file ng mga SSS benefits at privileges tulad ng loans.  Maaari na din mag apply ang member for a UMID (Unified Multipurpose Identification) card kung mayroon nang at least one monthly contribution posted under the member’s SSS number.

How convenient is that?  Fresh graduates who have just started working need not request for a leave from their offices just to get an SSS number; OFWs need not wait until they come home before they can apply for their SSS numbers.  Even our house helpers and family drivers can submit their applications online – we can even do it for them!

Try nyo na!  Spread the word!

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

Growing up in the metro, I have become familiar with the not-so-frequent visits of people interviewing my parents on family members that reside in our home or live elsewhere.  Ang tawag daw sa ginagawa nila ay “census” at ito ay ginagawa para ma-determine ang human population sa Pilipinas.  The home visitations are done every five years.  Sabi ng mga parents ko, mga taga-NSO daw ang mga surveyors.

Later on in my adult life and finding the need for a copy of my Birth Certificate, I was delighted to know that I can conveniently have it processed and delivered to my home.  Government services have really come full circle!  Imagine, hindi na ako pipila ng madaling araw sa isang government agency para lang makakuha ng NSO Birth Certificate!  Mula sa mga nag-iikot na mga representatives ng NSO sa neighborhood namin, meron na silang hotline (02-737-1111) kung saan pwede akong tumawag para mag “order” ng civil registry certificates.  Natanggap ko ang mga NSO documents ko in less than three working days after I placed my orders.  I must say, nag level-up ang experience ko sa pakikipag transact sa isang government agency!

While working on some research late last year, I realized that the NSO has recently adapted a new name: The Philippine Statistics Authority, and are now more popularly known as PSA.  My, how times have changed!

This would not have made so much impact on me had it not been for a friend’s experience when enrolling his daughter in pre-school this year.  Hindi sila agad nakapag enroll dahil ayaw tanggapin ng school ang birth certificate ng bata.  Ang seal daw kasi ng certificate ay PSA, hind NSO.

My friend called his relatives who led him to the right person in PSA and there it was explained to him that the PSA is the new name of the NSO.  And that the PSA-issued birth certificate is as good as one issued by NSO in the past.  Bumalik sila sa school para makapag explain sa admissions; it turned out, halos lahat pala ng parents at teachers sa school ay hindi aware sa pagbabago ng pangalan ng NSO.

Para sa mga hindi pa nakakaalam na nagbago na ng pangalan ang NSO, I am sharing my research below.  I’m glad you dropped by and I hope makatulong ang mga information na ito sa inyo.

Read on!

Brief History

From the time the agency was conceived in 1940, it had undergone two changes in name and administrative supervision.  The latest change to PSA in 2013 would be its third.

The approval of Commonwealth Act number 591 in August 19, 1940 gave birth to the Bureau of Census and Statistics (BCS).

In March 1974, the BCS changed its name to National Census and Statistical Office (NCSO) under the administrative supervision of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

Fast forward to 1987 with the Philippines under a new administration and by virtue of Executive Order number 121, the NCSO was renamed National Statistics Office (NSO), with respect to the order’s title “Reorganizing and Strengthening the Philippine Statistical System and for Other Purposes”.  It stayed under the Office of the President until December 28, 1993 when it was transferred back to the administrative supervision of NEDA by virtue of Executive Order No. 149.

In September 2013, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 10625 while its Implementing Rules and Regulations took effect on December 2013.  This law merged the National Statistics Office (NSO), National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) and the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), to what we now know as the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

There you have it, fellow citizens.  Ang dating NSO ay PSA na ngayon.  Kaya’t huwag na tayong magulat kung ang mga matatanggap natin na NSO-certified documents ay may seal na ng PSA, instead of the usual NSO seal.  At sakaling ang establishment na pagbibigyan ninyo ng mga civil registry documents na ito ay magtatanong kung bakit iba ang seal sa inyong certificate, you can advise them of this recent change in NSO’s name.

Going back to my “level up” experience in calling the NSOHelpline (02-737-1111); na-surprise ako nung malaman ko na apart from the hotline, meron na din silang online services.  Pwede ka nang mag order ng civil registry documents while on the go!  Bisitahin lang ang www.nsohelpline.com; may option ka na din mag bayad online para ma-process agad ang order mo.

In my next post, I will be talking about the roles and responsibilities of the Philippine Statistics Authority.  Importante din na well-informed tayo sa Mandate ng PSA dahil karamihan sa atin, ang akala natin ay taga release lang ng civil registry documents ang NSO.

Meantime, feel free to share this with everyone.  And post your questions, should you have any.

Thanks for dropping by!

Solo Parent Benefits

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

We all know that raising a family is a feat in itself, what with the demands of children’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, and education.  If you have a child, you are well aware of the sacrifices a parent or parents have to make in order to provide the best possible subsistence to your family.  You literally forget about yourself and focus on how you can build a stable future for your children.

How much more if you are a solo parent doing all these things?

The good news is that qualified solo parents may now take advantage of government support to augment their means of providing for their child/children.

In our feature post today, we will focus on the Solo Parent.  Who is he/she and how can he/she take advantage of the said support, by virtue of RA 8972?

Read on!

A solo parent, as defined by RA 8972 is:

  1. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender: Provided, that the mother keeps and raises the child;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to death of spouse;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood while the spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children;
  1. Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to abandonment of spouse for at least one (1) year;
  1. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or give them up to a welfare institution;
  1. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children;
  1. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance, or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

Are you a solo parent?  Take heart!  The government is prepared to assist you with benefits unique to your status.  In my next posts, I will be sharing the requirements para maka-avail ng benefits ang isang solo parent.  In the meantime, make sure na handa ang mga NSO documents ng solo parent at ng kanyang mga anak.  Madali na lang ngayon dahil pwede ka na mag order ng NSO documents online at www.nsohelpline.com or tumawag sa hotline na (02) 737-1111.

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Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

In my last post, I shared the process of reporting and filing a Certificate of Death.  Today, this post will focus on the exceptional cases for the place of registration of death.  Ito yung mga rules in determining the correct Place of Death, lalo na kung ang cause of death ay vehicular accident at in transit ang taong namatay.  Yes, fellow citizens, this is a vital detail in the Certificate of Death.

Before we proceed though, you will notice that I mentioned the two types of certificates of death in my previous post:

  • Municipal Form 103 – Certificate of Death
  • Municipal Form 103A – Certificate of Death (Fetus)

Dalawang klase ang certificates of death dahil iba ang ginagamit para sa mga bagong silang na sanggol na hindi nagtagal ang buhay.  Ayon sa Philippine Statistics Authority, may dalawang paraan para ma-classify ang death ng fetus:

A fetus with an intra-uterine life of seven (7) months or more and born alive at the time it was completely delivered from the maternal womb but died later shall be considered as dead and shall be registered in the Register of Deaths.

However, a fetus with an intra-uterine life of less than seven (7) months is not deemed born if it dies within twenty-four (24) hours after its complete delivery from the mother’s womb.  For statistical purposes, a Certificate of Death shall be prepared in duplicate and a copy of each shall be forwarded to the Office of the Civil Registrar and the Office of the Civil Registrar-General.

On both cases, Municipal Form 103A ang dapat na gamitin sa pag register ng kamatayan ng sanggol.  Magka-ibang magka iba ang mga detalye na hinihingi ng Form 103 at Form 103A kaya’t siguruhing tama ang form na inyong fini-fill-out.

I hope that helps explain the difference between the two Certificate of Death types.

Now, on to the second and final part of our All Saints’ Day feature: Death Certificates.


What are the exceptional cases for the place of registration of death?

  1. Kung ang tao ay namatay sa isang sasakyan tulad ng airplane, ship, o bus habang ito ay in transit within the jurisdiction of the Philippines, ngunit hindi na ma-determine kung saan ang exact place of death, ang Certificate of Death ay dapat ipa-register sa Local Civil Registry (LCR) Office ng city o municipality kung saan ang libing or cremation ng namatay.
  2. Kung ang isang Filipino citizen ay namatay sa barko o eroplano na papuntang Pilipinas at ang exact place of death ay hindi na ma-determine, ang kanyang kamatayan ay dapat ma-register sa LCR Office ng city o municipality kung saan nakatira ang namatay, kung sya ay residente ng Pilipinas.

Kung ang namatay naman ay isang foreigner (not a Filipino citizen) na residente ng Pilipinas, ang kanyang Death Certificate ay dapat ipa-register sa LCR ng lugar kung saan sya nakatira.

Kung ang namatay ay foreigner at hindi residente ng Pilipinas (tourists staying in hotels and resorts, business people staying in hotels), ang kaninlang kamatayan ay dapat ipa-register sa LCR Office ng Manila.

  1. Kung ang cause of death ay vehicular accident, airplane crash, or shipwreck at ito ay nangyari within the jurisdiction of the Philippines at ang lugar kung sasan natagpuan ang biktima ay hindi na ma-determine, ang Health Officer ng lugar kung saan ililibing o cremation ang syang magi-issue ng Certificate of Death. Ito ay dapat mapa-register sa LCR ng lugar ding iyon.
  2. Ang taong namatay sa barko na nasa laot ay dapat ma-rehistro sa LCR Office kung saan sya ililibing.  Kailangan mag present ng Certificate of Death issued by the Health Officer ng lugar kung saan sya ililibing o ng ship doctor, kung meron man.  Kung wala, ang ship captain ang dapat na mag issue ng Certificate of Death at sya na din ang magbibigay ng order for registration of the Death Certificate.
  3. Kung ang biktima ay nalunod at hindi na narecover ang kanyang katawan, ang Certificate of Death ay dapat ma-rehistro sa LCR office sa lugar kung saan sya nakatira bago ang aksidente.
  4. Kung ang nangyari naman ay Mass Death, o isang kaganapan kung saan maraming tao ang namatay dahil sa natural calamities (tulad ng Ondoy), aksidente (tulad ng nangyari sa Ultra nang magkaroon ng stampede), epidemic, etc., ang Health Officer kung saan nangyari ang mass death ang syang magi-issue ng Certificate of Death.  Siya na din ang magpapa rehistro nito sa LCR Office kung saan nangyari ang mass death.

May mga pagkakataon sa mass death kung saan hindi na ma-identify ang mga biktima, lalo na kung na-expose ang mga ito sa tubig at moisture, o matagal bago natagpuan ang mga katawan.  Sa mga ganitong cases, ang Health Officer ay kinakailangang mag submit ng Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.  Pagkatapos ay kailangan nyang mag issue ng Certificate of Death at ipa rehistro ito sa LCR.  Ang Death Certificate ay dapat lagyan ng annotation na “Body Not Identified”.

What Information shall the Affidavit Contain for Cases of Mass Death?

Ang mga sumusunod na information ang kailangang nakalagay sa Affidavit:

  • sex of the deceased o kasarian;
  • estimated age;
  • distinguishing features o mga pagkaka-kilanlang marks ng biktima (tattoos, birth marks, unique physical features);
  • condition of the body when found;
  • date when the body was found;
  • place where the body was found;
  • circumstances surrounding the death o kung ano ang mga pangyayari na maaaring naging cause of death.

Could be pretty dark, huh?  Well, acquiring an NSO Death Certificate when you need one need not be a morbid experience.  When I needed a copy of my grandfather’s Death Certificate, all I did was place my order online and in less than the promised 3 business days, natanggap na namin yung copy.  Ang laking tulong dahil naghahabol kami ng deadlines ng bank for our claims during that time.

All we did was logon to www.nsohelpline.com.  You can also call their hotline at (02) 737-1111; same ease and convenience.

As always, I would recommend that you share these information to your friends and loved ones.  It may seem morbid at first but hey, it’s a reality that we all must face at one point.  We might as well come prepared, diba?

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Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

Once again, the time to commemorate our dearly departed is upon us.  A lot of us are looking forward to visiting the our families and friends that have gone before us, spend time at cemeteries and memorial parks, and even hold mini family reunions.  Too bad, ang All Saints’ Day this year fell on a Sunday.  That means, no long weekend for us.

Pag dumadating ang All Saints’ Day, naiisip ng marami ang isang malaki at hindi maiiwasang katotohonan na tayo at ang ating mga mahal sa buhay ay papanaw, sooner or later.  Bawat isa sa atin ay makaka experience kung pano maiwanan ng kapamilya o kaibigan; at kasama nyan ang mga documentary processes na kailangang asikasuhin kapag tayo ay namatayan.

Ang una at pinaka importanteng document na kailangang ma-accomplish right after a loved one’s passing ay ang Death Certificate.  Tulad ng Birth at Marriage certificates, kailangang masiguro na tama ang lahat ng entries na naka declare sa Death Certificate.  Unlike when filling out Birth and Marriage certificates na kadalasan masaya ang taong naglalagay ng information sa form, ang pag fill out ng Death Certificate ay isa na sa pinaka malungkot na activity na kailangan mong gawin at least once sa buhay mo.

That is why, gusto kong i-share sa inyo ang aking research on the things we need to pay attention to when filling out a Death Certificate.  You may want to bookmark this page; you never know when you might need it.

Municipal Form No. 103 or Certificate of Death

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority website (www.psa.gov.ph), a Death Certificate is an official document setting forth particulars relating to a dead person, including the name of the individual, the date of birth, and the date of death.

There are two types of Municipal Form 103:

Form 103 – Certificate of Death

Form 103A – Certificate of Fetal Death

A copy of the form may be obtained from the municipal or city hall; if the person died in a hospital, the Death Certificate form will be provided by the hospital.

What are the Reglementary Period and Place of Registration of Death?

Registration of death shall be made in the office of the Civil Registrar of the city/municipality where the death occurred within thirty (30) days from the time of death.  (Sec. 5, P.D. 651)

Who are responsible to report the event of death?

  1. Ang doctor o physician na syang huling nag-attend sa pasyente bago ito namatay ang syang may responsibilidad na mag certify ng cause of death.  Ang accomplished Death Certificate ay kailangan ma-forward within 48 hours ng pagkamatay, sa health officer.  Ang health officer ang mage-examine ng Certificate of Death, pipirma, at magbibigay ng order para mapa-register ito sa Office of the Civil Registrar..
  2. Kung hindi naman sa hospital namatay, ang kamag-anak na nakaka-alam ng pagkamatay ang syang dapat na mag report nito within 48 hours.  Ang health officer ang syang mage-examine sa namatay at syang mag-certify ng cause of death.  Sya na din ang magbibigay ng order para ma-register ang Certificate of Death sa Office of the Civil Registrar within the reglementary period of thirty (30) days.
  3. Kung ang pagkamatay ay nangyari sa isang sasakyan tulad ng bus, kotse, airplane, ship, ang driver, piloto, o kapitan ng barko ang syang dapat mag report ng kamatayan sa health officer.  Kung walang survivor sa vehicular accident (plane crash, car crash, bus collisions, shipwreck), ang may-ari ng mga sasakyang nabanggit ang syang dapat mag report ng kamatayan.
  4. In case walang health officer na available (day off, on leave, holiday), ang kamatayan ay maaaring ma-report, within 48 hours, sa mayor, municipal secretary at sila ang magi-issue ng Certificate of Death for burial purposes.
  5. Ang mayor, o sino mang miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan, o ang municipal secretary ang syang pipirma sa medical certification portion ng Certificate of Death.  Ito ay tatanggapin ng Civil Registrar for registration basta masiguro lang na ang Certificate of Death at ang Register of Deaths ay may remarks na “registration was made pursuant to Section 91 of P.D. No. 856”.

Processing important documents when you are in a state of grief can be stressful.  Madalas din, ito ang dahilan kung bakit nagkakamali tayo sa pag lagay ng mga details sa documents.  Maaari nang maiwasan ito with the guide I provided.  This was taken from the Philippine Statistics Authority website (www.psa.gov.ph), simplified for our quick reference.

It can be very disappointing when you receive a copy of the Death Certificate and realize na may errors pala.  Madalas pa naman, ang Death Certificate ay required for claims kaya mahirap talaga kung may corrections dahil pwede itong maging cause of delay.  By the way, I have personally tried ordering a copy of a Death Certificate through www.nsohelpline.com.  Honestly, it is probably the only “easy” thing I had to go through in the entire process of losing a loved one.  Did you know na pwedeng ipa deliver sa bahay or office ang copy ng NSO Death Certificate? Simply call their hotline at (02) 737-1111 or visit their website at http://www.nsohelpline.com.

In my next post, I will share what I have researched on the exceptional cases for the place of registration of death.  This, too, is a vital part of the certificate.  Check in here every now and then for my succeeding posts.

Meantime, don’t forget to share this with your relatives and friends.  Sharing is caring, folks!

Church Wedding Requirements

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

Filipino weddings are known for its grandiosity, whether held in the city or in remote provinces.  We are not one to let a major family event, such as the wedding of a child or the renewal of vows of our parents, go by without pomp and prestige.  Our seniors would sometimes say, “Kahit ipangutang, makapag handa lang.  Minsan lang ikakasal, kailangan todo ang preparasyon.”

Being a predominantly Catholic country, most weddings in the Philippines are held in Catholic churches.  In spite of the growing popularity of outdoor themed weddings, a lot of couples still choose to go for the traditional church weddings officiated by a priest or a bishop.  It is every young girl’s dream to have her “door moment” (or that ceremonial moment when the church doors open to reveal the blushing bride about to take her first steps down the aisle); and what better way to experience the “door moment” than by the elaborate doors of a huge cathedral or a quaint chapel?

To make sure that you enjoy your “door moment”, free from the worries of lacking documents, I am sharing the following list of requirements and procedures for church weddings.

  1. Marriage License.  Make sure that the license is within the validity period of 120 days from the date it was issued.  Kung kinasal ka na sa civil rites bago ang iyong church wedding, kailangan i-submit ang inyong registered marriage contract sa parish.
  2. Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates.  This is a Catholic Church requirement to prove that you have already received these two sacraments.  The copies must bear the annotation: “For marriage purposes only” and acquired three months before the wedding date.  Tandaan na marami pa ring parishes ang hindi pa digital ang filing kaya’t maaaring matagalan bago nila ma-produce ang inyong kopya.  That is why it is best that this be requested from your respective parishes as early as possible to avoid delays.
  3. NSO Birth Certificate and CENOMAR.  Believe it or not, these could be the easiest documents to acquire.  Ipa-deliver mo na lang by ordering online at www.nsohelpline.com or by calling (02) 737-1111.  Unlike the Baptismal and Confirmation Certificates na kailangan personal mong asikasuhin sa dati mong school o sa parish kung saan ka bininyagan, ang NSO Birth Certificate at CENOMAR ay pwede nang “zero leg work”.  One item off your to-do list just by going online or calling the hotline.  Huwag nang magpatumpik-tumpik pa.
  4. Pre-Cana/Marriage Preparation Seminar.  These are seminars hosted by the parish to help the couple prepare for their married life.  Pwede din kayong mag seminar under other independent organizations tulad ng Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE), Center for Family Ministries (CEFAM), and Discovery Weekend Philippines (DW).  Siguraduhin lang na accredited sila ng inyong parish.  Kailangan mag submit kayo ng certificate of participation mula sa seminars na inyong sinalihan bilang proof na kayo ay tapos na sa marriage preparation seminar.
  5. Canonical Interview.  Have you seen the movie “Big Wedding” (starring Robin Williams, Amanda Seyfried)?  That hilarious scene where the couple came to see Robin Williams (as the priest) and were interviewed as to how well they know each other.  That is an example of a canonical interview, minus the funny gimmicks.  Kung hindi available ang priest, kahit ang kanyang assistant ay maaaring mag conduct ng canonical interview; ito ay ginagawa one to two months before the wedding.  Maaari din na padalhan kayo ng parish ng listahan ng mga possible questions during the interview.
  6. Marriage Banns.  Ang Marriage Banns ay ang written announcements na pinapaskil sa parish ng ikakasal na babae at lalake.  Ito ang dahilan kung bakit kailangang na-accomplish na ng ikakasal ang mga church wedding requirements at least one month bago ang kasal – sapagkat ang Marriage Banns ay kailangang maipaskil ng at least three consecutive weeks sa kanilang respective parishes.  Kailangang ibigay ng mga ikakasal ang pangalan ng pari na magkakasal sa kanila at ang complete address ng kanilang parochial church para sa request letter for marriage banns mula sa simbahan kung saan sila magpapaksal.
  7. List of Principal Sponsors and Entourage Members.  One week bago ang inyong kasal, kailangang mag submit ng kopya ng inyong wedding invitation sa simbahan kung saan kayo ikakasal.  Siguraduhing nakasama sa wedding invitation copy ang listahan ng mga Principal Sponsors and Entourage Members.  Importante ang list of Principal Sponsors dahil isasama ito sa marriage license.
  8. Confession.  May mga simbahan na nagre-require na mag attend ng confession ang ikakasal, ilang araw bago ang wedding date.

It is best to coordinate closely with the parish office for any other requirements unique to them.  Tandaan, sa ganitong mga preparations, mapapatunayang totoo ang matandang kasabihan na: “Daig ng maagap ang masipag.”  Kaya’t huwag hintayin ang “11th hour” bago asikasuhin ang mga nasabing requirements.

Until my next post, fellow citizens!

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Annulment vs Nullity

Bonjour!  Mabuhay!

We are still on the topic of annulment and a few days back, we touched on the Reformed Annulment Process recently announced by the Catholic Church.  The web is rich with information on this touchy subject and through diligent research, I discovered that Annulment per se and Nullity of Marriage are two different things.  I guess it pays that we know the difference, right?

So I am sharing with you what I gathered from the PS Law website (www.pslawoffices.com).

Read on!

Declaration of Nullity of Marriage – applies to marriages that are void from the start.  Ibig sabihin nito, ang kasalang naganap ay “inexistent”; as if the marriage did not take place at all.

Kung ito ang case ng mga gustong magpa-annul, the petitioner must file a Petition for the Declaration of Absolute Nullity of Marriage.  In the Philippines, this is also referred to as “Annulment”.

Ano ang grounds for Declaration of Nullity of Marriage?

  1. Where there is an absence of an essential or formal requisite. (Art. 4, first paragraph, Family Code).
  2. Those enumerated in Art. 35.
    1. Minority (those contracted by any party below 18 years of age even with the consent of parents or guardians).
    2. Lack of authority of solemnizing officer (those solemnized by any person not legally authorized to perform marriages, unless such marriages were contracted with either or both parties believing in good faith that the solemnizing officer had the legal authority to do so).
    3. Absence of marriage license (except those exempt from license requirement).
    4. Bigamous or polygamous marriages (except in cases where there is declaration of presumptive death).
    5. Mistake in identity (those contracted through mistake of one contracting party as to the identity of the other).
    6. After securing a judgment of annulment or of absolute nullity of marriage, the parties, before entering into the subsequent marriage, failed to record with the appropriate registry the: (i) partition and distribute the properties of the first marriage; and (ii) delivery of the children’s presumptive legitime.
  3. Where one of the parties was psychologically incapacitated at the time of the celebration of the marriage (Art. 36).
  4. Incestuous marriages (Under Art. 37).
  5. Marriages void by reason of public policy (under Art. 38).

Annulment of Marriage – this applies to voidable marriages; these are valid marriages until annulled or set-aside by final judgment.

Ano ang grounds for Annulment of Voidable Marriages?

  • Lack of parental consent.  If a party was 18 years or over, but below 21, and the marriage was solemnized without the consent of the parents/guardian, unless upon reaching 21, such party freely cohabited with the other and both lived together as husband and wife.
  • Insanity.  Either party was of unsound mind, unless such party after coming to reason, freely cohabited with the other as husband and wife.
  • Fraud. The consent of either party was obtained by fraud, unless such party afterwards, with full knowledge of the facts constituting the fraud, freely cohabited with the other as husband and wife.
  • Force, intimidation or undue influence.  If the consent of either party was obtained by force, intimidation or undue influence, unless it having disappeared or ceased but such party freely cohabited with the other as husband and wife.
  • Impotency.  Either party was physically incapable of consummating the marriage with the other, and such incapacity continues and appears to be incurable.
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease.  If, at the time of marriage, either party was afflicted with a sexually-transmissible disease found to be serious and appears to be incurable.

Annulment can be a complicated subject to tackle when information are limited.  Of course, the best people to consult about this matter are lawyers and those that have already undergone an annulment process.

In my next post, let us explore how a CENOMAR would look like if the owner has been granted an annulment from his/her previous marriage.  Ang isang taong na-biyudo/biyuda o nagpa annul ng kasal ay makakakuha ba ng bagong kopya ng CENOMAR na magsasabing sya ay binata o dalaga nang muli?

Meantime, keeping copies of your CENOMAR and Marriage Certificate handy are as important as having a ready copy of your Birth Certificate.  You can order for copies at http://www.nsohelpline.com or by calling (02) 737-1111 and simply have the documents delivered to your home or office address.  For added convenience, they have set-up an online payment facility for a “one-stop processing” experience.  You will receive the copies of your CENOMAR and Marriage Certificate in two to three working days.

Your thoughts and questions are welcome here.  Sharing is caring!

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I recently tried the online site http://www.NSOHelpline.com service.

It seems like an upgraded version of the birthcertificate.com.ph site where you can chat and request for an NSO certificate.

I realized that because that old site redirected me to this new one.

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Anyways, since I needed an certificate for me new born baby boy, I pressed on to the following steps:


I logged in the website, which is the name itself, www.nsohelpline.com and was directed to a landing page with the following options: Order Now, Pay Online, Check Status, FAQs.


I clicked on the Order Now button and was directed to a page where an image of a girl (animated) greeted me and asked me what document I want to request. I chose Birth Certificate and I was directed to a list of quick questions with quick clickable answer choices: What is the purpose (passport). Have I applied for it before (no). This then directed me to the application form page.


After clicking my answers above, I was directed to a form. I placed the name, gender, date of birth and other personal data like parents, and delivery address and I was done. Clicked submit and I immediately received a 10-digit reference number.


Next step: payment for my request. I was given 3 choices: Pay via Metrobank deposit, pay at Bayad Center, or use my ATM to pay via BANCNET. I chose the BANCNET option.

They even had step by step instructions on how to make payment on the various choices with a mock-up of the actual deposit slip for Metrobank or Bayad Center or the process for BANCNET.


With my online payment confirmed, I was then directed to the delivery procedure page. Listed in this page are the necessary requirements needed to receive my NSO BC. I needed to have a valid ID. If I was not around, I can leave an authorization letter so someone else can receive it. I can even download a sample authorization letter directly from the site.

I was informed to expect delivery of my NSO birth certificate within 2-3 days.

It took me about 20-25 minutes all in all. Not bad. I managed to get my baby’s BC processed while researching on another blog topic.

I tell you, this is the best way in getting an NSO birth certificate online in the comfort of your own desk.



A Certificate of No Marriage Record (CENOMAR) from the National Statistics Office (NSO) is simply what its name implies. It is a certification issued by the NSO stating that a person has not contracted any marriage. Also called a certificate of No Record of Marriage or Certificate of Singleness.

In legal definitions for interpersonal status, a single person is someone who has never been married. A person who was previously married and was divorced or widowed is usually considered an “unmarried” person. If a marriage is annulled, however, or it is found to have been void ab initio (i.e. not valid in law to start with), and assuming the person was not married previously, that individual is single, rather than unmarried.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Here’s a list of the nearest NSO Office to your location.
If you don’t want to travel, you can opt to have your NSO Certificates delivered to you by calling NSO Helpline (02) 737-1111 or check out www.birthcertificates.com.ph


East Avenue, Quezon City
(in front of SSS Building
and beside LRA Building) 1101
Tel.: (02) 926-89-05 / 926-86-72

Ground Floor, Makati City Hall
(Old Building)
Jose P. Rizal Street, Makati City 1200
Tel.: (02) 895-14-18

Ground Floor, Lifestyle I Building
Hobbies of Asia
8 Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard
Pasay City 1300
Tel.: (02) 833-37-80 / 833-88-42

Caloocan City Hall, Annex Building
(across Metropolitan Trial Court)
Mabini Street, Caloocan City 1400
Tel.: (02) 288-88-11

Ground Floor, Annex Building
Muntinlupa City Hall
Putatan, Muntinlupa City 1772
Tel.: (02) 862-03-39 PASIG CITY
3rd Floor, Pasig City Hall
F. Caruncho Avenue
Pasig City 1603
Tel.: (02) 625-42-36


3rd Floor, Jupiter Building
Andres Bonifacio Street
Baguio City 2600

Ground Floor, TLS Building
Kalayaan Village, Quebianwan
San Fernando City, Pampanga 2000

Martinez Building, Roxas Drive
Barangay Lumangbayan
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro 5200

4th Floor, Virginia Building
Quezon Avenue
San Fernando City, La Union 2500

2nd Floor, Liwag Building
Burgos Avenue
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija 3100

2nd Floor, CBPP Building
Rizal Avenue
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300

2nd Floor, Singson Building
Del Pilar corner Mabini Streets
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur 2700

CAP Building
#19 – 18th Street, West Bajac-Bajac
Olongapo City 2200

2nd Floor, Volcanic Building
Rizal Street, Tinago
Legazpi City, Albay 4500

Ground Floor, Barrozo Building
A.B. Fernandez Street corner East Avenue
Dagupan City, Pangasinan 2400

Ground Floor, Building C, Fiesta World Mall
Barangay Marawoy, Lipa City
Batangas 4217

2nd Floor, MMCN Building
Panganiban Avenue
Naga City, Camarines Sur 4400

3rd Floor, Ilocano Heroes Memorial Hall
Rizal Street
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte 2900

Teresita Building
46 Quezon Avenue, Barangay I
Lucena City 4301

Ground Floor, Gonzaga Street Extension
Ugac Norte
Tuguegarao City, Cagayan 3500

2nd Floor, First Stone Arcade II
Governor’s Drive
Trece Martires City, Cavite 4109

Garcillan Building, National Road
District 4, Santa Rosa
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya 3700


2nd Floor, Villanueva Building
J.M. Basa corner Rizal Streets
Iloilo City 5000

2nd Floor, 220 North Road
Dumaguete City
Negros Oriental 6200

Ground Floor, Yuhoo Ventures
Building C (near SSS/PRC)
Barangay 77, Fatima Village
Marasbaras, Tacloban City
Leyte 6500

4th Floor, G&M Building
San Juan corner Luzuriaga Streets
Bacolod City 6100

2nd Floor, Noble Building
Rizal Avenue
Catbalogan City, Samar 6700

Fortunato Quimpo Street
Kalibo, Aklan 5600


2nd Floor, Cortez Building
Dr. Evangelista Street
Barangay Santa Catalina
Zamboanga City 7000

Ango Building
Cabaguio Avenue
Davao City 8000

Ground Floor, Acerado Building
Ochoa Avenue
Butuan City 8600

Ground Floor, Barbaso Building
Magsaysay Street
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte 7100

2nd Floor, Pietros Hotel
National Highway
General Santos City 9500

Pimentel Building
Telaje, Tandag City
Surigao del Sur 8300

Ground Floor, Lantoria Building
77 Julio Pacana Street
Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Ground Floor, Carumba Building
Jupiter Street
Cotabato City 9600

2nd Floor, Casa Esperanza Building
Don Anselmo Bernard Avenue
Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental 7200

Mezzanine Floor, Elena Tower Inn
National Highway, Tibanga
Iligan City 9200

You can also opt to have your NSO Certificates delivered.


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