Manila, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed a new law allowing persons to seek some corrections in their birth certificates without getting a court order.
Republic Act (RA) No. 10172 authorizes the local civil registrar to correct clerical or typographical errors in the birth date and gender on birth certificates without the need for a judicial order.
RA 10172 amended RA 9048 that exempted only the first name and nickname from court approval requirement.
Under the new law, the applicant must to submit an affidavit seeking correction of the erroneous entry in the birth certificate.
It must be supported by certain documents such as certified true copy of certificate containing the entry or entries sought to be corrected and two public or private documents showing the correct entry.
A certification from the appropriate law enforcement agencies that he has no pending case or no criminal record must also be submitted.
The petition for change of first name or nickname or correction of erroneous entry on birth date and gender must also be published at least once a week for two consecutive weeks in a national newspaper.
RA 10172 also allowed the local civil registrar to collect reasonable fees for any petition seeking to correct errors in birth certificates.
The law, signed last August 15, will take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers. The copy of the law was released in the government website last weekend. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)
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