Candyman Posted February 6, 2012 Posted February 6, 2012 Bill allows correction of birth details without court ordersFriday, February 3, 2012PEOPLE whose birth certificates record incorrect days of birth or gender may soon have them corrected without having to go to court if a bill filed by the Senate committee on justice and human rights is passed into law.Senators Francis Escudero, committee chairman, and Antonio Trillanes IV have filed a bill that will give local civil registrars the authority to make corrections on typographical and clerical errors even without a court order. Under the current law, typographical and clerical errors in the first names and nicknames of registrants can be corrected by local registrars but other changes must go through court proceedings."Vital records maintained by the civil registrar contain the most important documents of the general public. For this reason, a simple erroneous entry in the civil registrar can cause grave or serious problems on the part of the registrant," Trillanes said. He said errors in birth records can delay the processing of school, travel, and pension papers.Under the new proposal, erroneous entries will be corrected through petition. Petitioners have to submit sworn affidavits which should be supported by the earliest school record, medical records, or a baptismal certificate.Petitions to change the gender recorded in a birth certificate must also be accompanied by a certification from a government doctor saying the petitioner has not undergone a sex change or sex transplant."The inaccuracies of entries in the civil register remain a major source of inconvenience, and individuals who are not actually to blame for these errors have to go through with these difficulties. Requiring these individuals to go to court for proper remedy exacerbates their sorry plight," Trillanes said.The House of Representatives has already approved a counterpart bill and that has already been transmitted to the Senate. (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)Full Story Here : http://www.sunstar.c...t-orders-204120 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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