By: Elsha Marie Soriano
DAGUPAN CITY– The National Statistics Office (NSO) in Pangasinan has reminded residents to take the administrative and less expensive route in correcting errors in their civil registry entries.
Dante Pescador, provincial statistics officer of NSO Pangasinan, said petitioners in the correction of clerical errors on civil registry should file a verified petition with the local civil registry office where the record sought to be corrected is kept.
“Pursuant to Republic Act 9048, the city or municipal civil registry is now authorized to correct typographical errors in an entry without a court order,” Pescador said during the ‘Pantongtongan Tayo’ radio program of PIA-Pangasinan aired at DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan recently.
The municipal or city civil registrar can change or correct names without a court order if the petitioner finds the name to be ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce, or the change will avoid confusion.
All the petitions should be in a form of affidavit that shall set forth facts necessary to establish the merits of the petition and shall show that petitioner is competent to testify to the matters stated, he added.
Petitioners are reminded to bring three (3) copies of the following: (1) certified true machine copy of the page of registry book containing the entry sought to be corrected or changed; (2) at least two public or private documents showing the correct entries upon which the change shall be based; and (3) other documents which the petitioner, city or municipal civil registry or consul general may consider relevant and necessary for the approval of petition.
“Verified petition for correcting clerical errors can be availed only once,” Pescador added.
Further, the local civil registrar shall examine the petition and the supporting documents, post the petition in conspicuous place within ten days, render a decision not later than five days and transmit a copy of the decision together with the records of the proceedings to the office of the Civil Registrar General within five working days.
Under the law, the civil registrar general shall exercise the power to question such decision within ten working days from the receipt of the decision granting the petition.
Pescador said failure of the office to exercise the power within the prescribed period shall make the decision of the city or municipality final and executor.
Reasonable fees for the petition are authorized to be collected except if the petitioner is found to be indigent, Pescador added. (MCA/EMS/PIA-1, Pangasinan