TAGBILARAN CITY, February 28, 2014 (PIA)—At the Civil Registry Month celebration in February, census authorities stress, children have the right to name and nationality but parents have the responsibility to give in correct information for proper registration.
National Statistics Office (NSO) Bohol chief statistician Jessamyne Anne Alcazaren, at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA said people are unnecessarily hassled while getting registration papers for their important dates because they miss to see the wrong entries before they are filed at the national databanks.
The most ideal way of registering is for the informant, which are the parents or the medical attendants to be certain of the huge roles they perform, she said.
Then there is supposedly the teamwork between the informants and the local registrar, she added at the radio forum broadcasted all over Bohol.
Short of that, there’s a chance there would be a problem, and that entails lengthy court proceedings or hassling publication that ends up one spending to get a judicial order for corrections of entry and the mandatory publication of such.
In the light of the hassles, where parties sometimes spend too much just to have entries corrected, a new law,
Republic Act (RA) 9048 now authorizes the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry, without the need of a judicial order.
RA 9048 however disallows corrections of clerical or typographical errors in sex, age, nationality and status of a person.
Reasons for the corrections however are when the petitioner finds the first name or nickname to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce, or the name has been habitually and continuously used by the petitioner and he has been publicly known by that first name or nickname in the community; or the change will avoid confusion.
As for other necessary changes in entries, RA 10172 which amended parts of Republic Act No. 9048, now allows the civil registrars to change or correct without a judicial order, clerical or typographical errors and change of first name or nickname, the day and month in the date of birth or sex of a person where it is patently clear that there was a clerical or typographical error or mistake in the entry.
No corrections however involve the change of nationality, age, or status of the petitioner, according to the law.”