Registration of Birth

Rule 18. Live Birth

Live birth is the complete expulsion  or extraction of a product of conception from its mother, irrespective of the  duration of pregnancy, which after such separation, breathes or shows any other  evidence of life, such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical  cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, whether or not the umbilical  cord has been cut off or the placenta is still attached; each product of such  birth is considered alive.

Rule 19.  Reglementary Period  and Place or Registration

The birth of a child shall be  registered within  thirty (30) days from the time of birth in the Office  of the Civil Registrar.

Rule 20.  Out-of-town Reporting  of Birth

Out-of-town reporting of birth occurs  when the Certificate of Live Birth is presented to the civil registrar of a  city or municipality which is not the place of birth, not for registration but  to be forwarded to the civil registrar of the city or municipality where the  birth occurred and where it should be registered.

Rule 21. Persons Responsible to  Report the Event

(1) When the birth occurred in a  hospital or clinic or in a similar institution, the administrator thereof shall  be responsible in causing the registration of such birth. however, it shall be  the attendant at birth who shall certify the facts of birth.

(2) When the birth did not occur in  a hospital or clinic or in a similar institution, the physician, nurse,  midwife, “hilot”, or anybody who attended to the delivery of the child  shall be responsible both in certifying the facts of birth and causing the  registration of such birth.

(3) In default of the  hospital/clinic administrator or attendant at birth, either or both parents  of  the child shall cause the registration of the birth.

Rule 22. Number of Copies to be  Accomplished for Distribution

It shall be the duty of person  concerned to accomplish and send (4) copies of the certificate of Live Birth to  the Civil Registrar for registration.

Rule 23. Birth Registration of  Illegitimate children

Children conceived or born during  the marriage of the parents are legitimate. Children conceived and born outside  a valid marriage unless otherwise provided in the Family Code and illegitimate.

Rule 25. Delayed Registration of  Birth

The requirements are:

i) four (4)  copies of the  certificate of Live Birth duly accomplished and signed by the proper parties;

  • accomplished Affidavit for Delayed Registration at the back of the Certificate of Live Birth by the father, mother or guardian.

In case the party seeking late  registration of the birth of an illegitimate child is not the mother, the party  shall, in addition to the foregoing facts, declare in a sworn statement the  present whereabouts of the mother.

ii) any two of the following  documentary evidence which may show the name of the child, date and place of  birth, and name of the mother (and name of father, if the child has been  acknowledge);

  • baptismal certificate;
  • school records (nursery, kindergarten, or preparatory);
  • income tax return of parents/s;
  • insurance policy;
  • medical records; and others, such as barangay captain’s certification.

iii) affidavit of two disinterested persons who  might have witnessed or known the birth of the child.

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