CIVIL REGISTRY (MARRIAGE, BIRTH AND DEATH)
The Philippine Embassy performs civil registry services. Births, marriages, and deaths of Filipino citizens abroad must be reported and duly registered. It is a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording of vital events occurring in the life of an individual such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as court decrees, and legal instruments affecting his civil status in appropriate registers as mandated by Act No. 3753, the Civil Registry Law.
Civil Registry Documents establish the occurrence of birth, death, or marriage and therefore provide prima facie evidence of facts surrounding these events.
Birth records present many facts about an individual such as the person’s name, date and place of birth, parents, religion, citizenship, among others. The marriage certificate establishes a change in civil status and the legal spouse while the death certificate records the passing away of an individual.
These records are important in legal and personal transactions, applying for jobs, obtaining passports for travel, entrance to school, claiming insurance benefits, and others.
These records provide data on the number of births, deaths, marriages, fetal deaths, adoptions, and the like, which in turn are essential in development planning.
The Philippine Government agencies that are authorized to record changes in the status of the Filipinos are the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Philippine Embassies, and Philippine Consulates General.