I cannot deny it. Even during my blog’s prolonged slumber, traffic continued to come in, mostly inquiries about birth certificate problems. I am a lawyer by education ,slightly by profession. But I ventured into this field as a birth certificate specialist, knowing by experience just how many people encounter these problems. So I take it as a social responsibility on my part, to share what I know through this blog. Today, I put together a list of things to check up on, and factoids to keep in mind, when you take a look at your NSO birth certificate:
1. NSO’s new name:
The NSO or Census (National Statistics Office) is now known as PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority). A law was passed in 2013, merging all statistics offices in the Philippines into one umbrella agency.
2. NSO mo, NSO ko:
However, the term NSO has taken a different meaning. It has become the colloquial term for a birth certificate. NSO is to Colgate, birth certificate is to toothpaste. (I hope Close Up and Hapee wont accuse me of playing favorites)
3. What the NSO/PSA cannot do:
When you have errors/ problems in your NSO birth certificate or any other certificate for that matter, the NSO cannot help you fix them. While they can advise you on how to do it, there isn’t much they could do. The office who can address your concerns is your Local Civil Registrar or LCR, whether in the place you live, or in the place you were born.
4. What the LCR cannot do:
When you are face-to-face with your friendly LCR to tackle your NSO problems head on, there are still some errors they cannot act on. In fact, there are four: (i) citizenship; (ii) year of birth; (iii) status; (iv) change in surname. For all others, your friendly LCR is the one stop shop for birth certificate problems.
5. Requirements, requirements:
Since the LCR is the deciding officer for your birth certificate corrections, s/he will need proof that the certificate reflects the incorrect name, sex, day/month of birth, place of birth, etc. therefore, you as the petitioner or applicant needs to supply supporting documents to your petition. Preferred documents are baptismal certificate, early school records, birth/marriage certificates of immediate family members, government IDs, etc. NBI/Police clearances are also reqiured in some instances. This will prove to our friendly LCR, that our petition has merit. This dispenses the need for a court hearing and the services of a lawyer.
(To be continued…)