Or do you even have a copy of it?
If you still do not have one, then it is high time that you get a copy of it.
And as soon as you have it, you need to take a look at all its contents.
Do it carefully.
Find out if all the details entered are correct.
If all are correct, then you have nothing to worry.
You can sleep soundly at night and enjoy the day the moment you wake up.
But if there are incorrect details, then you need to consult a lawyer and have them corrected at once.
Do it now and while you still find no need to use it.
You may wonder why I am urging you to take these steps right away.
It is because, if you will ignore them altogether and do nothing now, you will surely encounter serious and undesirable consequences the moment you find the need to use it.
I know of several horror stories related to the failure of certain individuals to take the necessary steps in order to have the erroneous entries in their birth certificates corrected at once.
Some are even based on actual cases I handled in the past.
One perfect example was the case of a certain male client.
When he was in his twenties, a petition was filed in the United States (US) so he and his siblings could go there as legal immigrants.
He was so excited because he was about to fulfill his lifelong dream of residing permanently in the US legally.
But when he obtained a copy of his birth certificate as part of the requirements, he got the shock of his life.
His excitement had suddenly turned into disappointment.
Because he discovered that his first name in his birth certificate was different from what he has been known for and was using since his childhood years.
Worse, it was not just a totally different name but was in fact a female first name.
To make matters even worse, he also found out that his registered gender was “female” instead of “male.”
I am sure you already know by now what happened next.
Unlike his siblings, the processing of his petition had been delayed and his dream of living in the US was put on hold.
But what made it even more disappointing was that the delay was not just in months but in years.
He was in his fifties when he had finally fulfilled his dream of living permanently in the US legally.
This was of course only after he had caused the correction of the erroneous entries in his birth certificate with the help of a lawyer, who happened to be me.
You can definitely avoid this from happening to you.
By going over your birth certificate now.
If you still have none, then get a copy of it and take a careful look at all its contents right away.
This is for you to find out if it has incorrect details in it.
If it has none, then such is indeed a great news to hear.
But if it has even one, then you need to go to a lawyer and have it corrected at once.
I am sure you will thank yourself profusely one day for heeding my advice.
- Act No. 3753 otherwise known as the “Civil Registry Law”
- Republic Act No. 9048
- Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9048 (Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2001)
- Republic Act No. 10172
- Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10172 (Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2012)
- Rule 130, Section 2 (d) of the Rules of Court
- Rule 103 of the Rules of Court
- Rule 108 of the Rules of Court
- Zapanta vs. Civil Registrar of the City of Davao, September 26, 1994
- Article 407 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 408 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 410 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 411 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 412 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 376 of the Civil Code of the Philippines
- Article 25 of the Family Code of the Philippines
- Emperatriz Labayo-Rowe vs. Republic of the Philippines, G.R. No. L-53417, December 8, 1998
- Republic of the Philippines vs. Gladys C. Labrador, G.R. No. 132980, March 25, 1999
- Republic of the Philippines vs. Carlito I. Kho, Michael Kho, Mercy Nona Kho-Fortun, Heddy Moira Kho-Serrano, Kevin Dogmoc Kho (Minor), and Kelly Dogmoc Kho (Minor), G.R. No. 170340, June 29, 2007
- Republic of the Philippines vs. Merlyn Mercadera through her Attorney-in-Fact, Evelyn M. Oga, G.R. No. 186027, December 8, 2010
- In the matter of the Petition for Correction of Entry (Change of Family Name in the Birth Certificate of Felipe C. Almojuela as appearing in the records of the National Statistics Office), Felipe C. Almojuela vs. Republic of the Philippines, G.R. No. 211724, August 24, 2016