A proposed bill from Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto aims to make a lifetime validity for birth certificates. Once this bill was approved, government agencies should accept a birth certificate regardless of the issue date.
PSA Birth Certificates have no expiration date
It seems the bill is not making any sense as the birth certificates issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has no expiration date. However, Senator Recto said that he filed for this bill to end the practice of government and private offices requiring individuals for a document, permit, service, or job to present a new or recently issued birth certificate.
In the bill that he filed, he said, “birth certificate certified and issued by the PSA shall not expire and shall be considered valid at any time.”
It is an unnecessary cost
“It’s not food like canned sardines that spoil over time. That’s why it’s saddening that many offices still want new birth certificates from applicants, which is a burden to them,” Recto said.
He also said in Filipino, “It’s costly for the applicants to be required a new birth certificate, plus the difficulty of obtaining one.”
Still, Senator Recto gives credit to PSA and said the agency, “has never been remiss in explaining that birth certificates it has issued have no expiry dates, but this assurance remains unheeded in many offices which continue to require that the submitted birth certificate was issued within the past six months.”
Exceptions to the rule
However, exceptions of the bill such are when there is a need to correct the misspelled name or incorrect birth date. Thus, a new birth certificate is a requirement.
The cost of a new birth certificate
PSA charges ₱155 for an authenticated copy of a birth certificate. A ₱330 charge if delivered to the home of the requesting individual via online application. PSA certified the birth certificates in printed security paper, otherwise known as SECPA.
“While SECPA over the years has changed in appearance to keep the proliferation of fraudulent birth certificates and identities at bay, the PSA has been emphatic in its assurance that such does not remove the validity of the birth certificate,” Recto said in the bill’s explanatory note.