Life validity of certificates bill passes in Senate

Pola Rubio·ContributorMon, 23 May 2022, 3:27 pm

Entrance to the GSIS Building in Pasay, the seat of the Senate On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Manila, Philippines. The bill on lifetime birth, death, marriage certificates gets approval from Philippine senators on Monday, May 23, 2022. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Entrance to the GSIS Building in Pasay, the seat of the Senate On Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Manila, Philippines. The bill on lifetime birth, death, marriage certificates gets approval from Philippine senators on Monday, May 23, 2022. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The bill on the lifetime validity of birth, death, and marriage certificates has passed the Senate, getting one step closer to becoming law.

Under Permanent Validity of the Certificates of Live Birth, Death, and Marriage Act (SB 2450), certificates of live birth, death, and marriage issued, signed, certified, or authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority and the National Statistics Office, and local civil registries would have permanent validity regardless of date of issuance.

Documents must be intact and readable, with its authenticity and security features still visible.

Moreover, permanent validity of marriage certificates would also only be applicable if the marriage has not been judicially decreed annulled or declared void ab initio under the Family Code of the Philippines or any amendatory law on marriage.

Meanwhile, if texts on the certificates have become unreadable, the person must submit a new, amended, or updated certificate.

The PSA earlier clarified that although the birth certificates it issues do not have expiration dates, some government agencies and private organizations still require individuals to submit documents with the latest security paper.

Senator Bong Revilla Jr., who sponsored the bill as chairman of the committee on civil service, government reorganization, and professional regulation, said the passage of the measure would be a big help for Filipinos in securing the birth, death, and marriage certificates.

The bill was furthermore co-authored by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, and senators Kiko Pangilinan, Win Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Sonny Angara, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Nancy Binay.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom.

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