Pinoy parents are very fond of giving their children long names. One name is simply not enough and as a result, kids end up with three, four, or even five “first names”.
Such is the case of Maria Angeline Antonia Licudine De Castro. Her parents coined the first two names from their names, the father is Mario (hence, Maria) and the mother is Angela (hence, Angeline). The “Antonia” was added by her grandmother at the last minute, right before the Certificate of Live Birth was finalized and submitted to the office of the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).
When Mario and Angela requested for a copy of May’s (their child’s nickname) PSA birth certificate, two years after she was born, they were surprised to find out that her middle name is written as “Antonia” instead of “Licudine” which is Angela’s maiden last name. They reviewed the document further and confirmed that both their names as parents are correct. How come they placed “Antonia” as the child’s middle name?
They were advised by the school administration to inquire at the LCR where their child’s birth was registered and find out how they can have the error corrected.
Upon consulting with the LCR officer, they learned that such errors can be rectified under R.A. 9048 or the act that authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar to correct a clerical or typographical error on a birth certificate entry without the need of a judicial order. Mario and Angela breathed a sigh of relief upon learning this; they submitted the necessary documents and are now waiting for the LCR’s advise as to when they can request for the first corrected copy of their child’s birth certificate.
Here’s what you need to do in case you have the same birth certificate problem as Mario and Angela:
Who Shall File:
- Owner of the record
- Owner’s spouse
- Other person duly authorized by law or by the owner of the document.
Where to File:
- If born in the Philippines
- Civil registry office where the birth certificate is registered.
- In case the owner of the birth certificate no longer lives in the area where he was born, he may file the petition with the civil registry office where is currently residing.
- If born abroad
- Philippine Consulate office where the birth is reported.
- 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 records, GSIS/SSS records, medical records, 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
- Filing Fee: Php 1,000. If filed abroad, filing fee is USD 50.00 or equivalent value in local currency.
- Other documents that may be required by the concerned civil registrar.