Society & Culture

Change of Name, Birthday or Gender in Birth Certificate without Court Order Now Allowed?

I’ve just read from one of social networking sites about the Republic Act No. 10172 – Change of name, birthday or sex in birth certificate without court order now allowed.

I thought it’s something that is not useful, because someone can freely change their names, birthdate or sex in their birth certificate freely. I even told my room-mate, it’s something that is not thought of, how about those individuals who committed unlawful act and want to hide themselves, they can readily change anything on their birth certificate without any hassle. Isn’t it bad?

But then, as I did my research about this RA, I found something clearer, I understood now how it’s being implemented. To make clear here is the statement about the RA No. 10172;

 

AN ACT FURTHER AUTHORIZING THE CITY OR MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OR THE CONSUL GENERAL TO CORRECT CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS IN THE DAY AND MONTH IN THE DATE OF BIRTH OR SEX OF A PERSON APPEARING IN THE CIVIL REGISTER WITHOUT NEED OF A JUDICIAL ORDER, AMENDING FOR THIS PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NUMBERED NONETY FORTY-EIGHT. (Source: www.gov.ph/2012/08/15/republic-act-no-10172/)

Sighed, it’s beneficial though, especially when you know that the municipal register clerk commits an error typing anything on your birth certificate – this solely is for typographical error. Alongside, there are requirements to submit to do correcting the error.

So I was wrong 😛 and before further negative reactions, do your read and research first. It’s better to be informed than react ahead on something that you do not fully understand.

Till then,