THE House committee on population and family relations yesterday approved a bill seeking to provide lifetime validity on the birth, death and marriage certificates that are issued, signed, certified and authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs) and National Statistics Office (NSO).
The panel chaired by Guimaras Rep. Ma. Lucille Nava M.D. approved the unnumbered substitute bill to House Bills No. 3254, 4530, 5376, 5847, 7139 and 7779.
Aside from Nava, other authors of the substitute bill are deputy speaker Vilma Santos-Recto of Batangas, Reps. Lorna Silverio (Bulacan), Jose Enrique Garcia III (Bataan), John Marvin Nieto (Manila) and Alfred Vargas (Quezon City).
Nava said that because of the confusion surrounding the validity of PSA-issued certificates, many government agencies and employers require applicants to submit the certificate of live birth, or death, or marriage printed on the latest security paper (SECPA) and issued within the last six months.
“This is burdensome to Filipinos as it imposes inconvenience and unnecessary expenses, most especially to those who live in remote areas in the countryside,” Nava said.