How to Correct or Change the Last Name on a PSA Birth Certificate

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 goingContinue reading “How to Correct or Change the Last Name on a PSA Birth Certificate”

How Do I Change My Mother’s Name on my PSA Birth Certificate?

Sofie has always known that her mother’s name is Emelita.  That is the name written on all her mother’s IDs and on the birth certificates of Sofie and her siblings.  However, when Aling Emelita requested for a copy of her PSA birth certificate, they were shocked to see that her name is actually not EmelitaContinue reading “How Do I Change My Mother’s Name on my PSA Birth Certificate?”

How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate

Your PSA birth certificate is a primary requirement when applying for a passport with the DFA.  Without it, it would be nearly impossible to get the rest of the application process done. Unfortunately, there are some people who really do not have their civil registry documents on file at the PSA.  When they request forContinue reading “How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate”

Quick Guide to Passport Application at the DFA

About 15 years ago when I first worked on my passport application, I got overwhelmed with all the documents and IDs I needed to prepare.  I thought to myself, if this is how complicated the process is, how can senior citizens, PWDs, and other citizens with special needs and cases manage to get everything done.Continue reading “Quick Guide to Passport Application at the DFA”

Can a Child’s Legitimation (Due to Subsequent Marriage) be Cancelled?

Minerva was already 23 years old when she learned that her father is married with children before she was born.  She learned about it the hard way – when she landed her first job, her supervisor turned out to be her father’s eldest son from his previous marriage, making him her half-brother. She did herContinue reading “Can a Child’s Legitimation (Due to Subsequent Marriage) be Cancelled?”

Problems with your PSA Birth Certificate: They Wrote the Wrong Religion!

The Philippines is the bastion of Christianity in Asia with over 93% of our population listed as Christians; we ranked 5th worldwide according to a 2011 report of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Filipinos take religiosity pretty seriously.  To us, it is not just some form of affiliation or membership, it is a legacy passed onContinue reading “Problems with your PSA Birth Certificate: They Wrote the Wrong Religion!”

The Manila City Hall Series: How To File for Correction of Place of Birth Under RA 9048 Part 12 of 16

If the place of birth written on your birth certificate is not the same as the one written on your passport or any other document that you use as an identification, you might encounter problems with your transactions as this is a vital ID information. Here are the steps you need to follow when filingContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How To File for Correction of Place of Birth Under RA 9048 Part 12 of 16”

The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Clerical Error on the First Name Under RA 9048 (Not Married Individuals)

A misspelled first name on your birth certificate can be detrimental to important transactions like applying for a passport or claiming an inheritance.  If you have a couple of letters missing or added to your first name, have it corrected as soon as you can. Here are the list of requirements and steps to followContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How to File for Correction of Clerical Error on the First Name Under RA 9048 (Not Married Individuals)”