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Bill on validity of birth, death, marriage certificates lapses into law

A proposed legislation which seeks to make permanent the validity of birth, death, and marriage certificates permanent is now officially a law.

Republic Act 11909, also known as “Permanent Validity of the Certificates of Live Birth, Death, and Marriage Act“, lapsed into law last July 28, which means the certificates of live birth, death, and marriage – issued, signed, certified or authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and local civil registries, shall now have permanent validity regardless of their date of issuance.

These documents will be recognized and accepted in all government and private transactions, or even when used as proof of identification by an individual in any office around the country.

RA 11909 now also solves problems faced by applicants in government agencies and private institutions that only accept documents that have been issued for not more than six months.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., chairman of the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization, and Professional Regulation, is the principal author of the new law. — Kristina Maralit

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