In the Philippines, birth registration is an important step in establishing a child’s proof of identity. Parents are given 30 days from the date of the child’s birth to register their baby at the Local Civil Registry office of the municipality where the child was born. All the child’s information provided during the registration of birth shall form part of his certificate of live birth which shall then be the legal recognition of the identity of the child for the rest of his life.
Is there a difference between birth registration and birth certificate?
According to UNICEF, birth registration is the process of creating an official record of the child’s birth. This is done with the government’s authority and the process follows the state’s birth registration steps. A birth certificate, on the other hand, is the actual document issued by the government as a result of the birth registration process.
A birth certificate proves that registration has occurred; however, a child might also be registered but not be able to acquire a birth certificate.
Duly registered certificates of live birth are endorsed by the LCR to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and that is how we are given a PSA copy of our birth certificates. The PSA is mandated by law to keep and preserve civil registry documents (birth, marriage, CENOMAR, and death certificate) of Filipino citizens. These certificates are the bases for establishing the legal status of Filipinos.
How do I get a copy of my PSA birth certificate?
You can get a copy of your PSA birth certificate (or marriage, CENOMAR, and death certificate) at the nearest PSA Serbilis outlet in your area. You may also opt to have it delivered to your home instead to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus. For home deliveries of PSA documents, you can order online at PSAHelpline.ph. They can deliver anywhere in the Philippines, in 3 to 4 working days for Metro Manila orders, and 7 to 8 working days for provincial orders.
Birth and Marriage certificates are at P365 per copy while a CENOMAR costs P420 per copy. This already includes the processing and delivery fees.
I hope you found this article helpful. Tomorrow, I will be posting a blog on the different errors found on birth certificates and how these can be corrected. To make it easier for you, the list will be presented in two: those that can be corrected through a simple administrative filing and those that need the intervention of a lawyer. Please make sure to visit again tomorrow.
If you have questions about your birth certificate (or other civil registry documents), please send me an email and I shall do my best to find the answers for you.