1.1K Bacolod residents get free authenticated birth certificates


Some 1,130 residents of Bacolod City without birth records have obtained security paper (SECPA) copies of their certificate of live birth for free, under the Birth Registration Assistance Project (BRAP) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The birth documents, which are authenticated copies issued by the PSA, were distributed in rites held at the Bacolod City College Activity Center March 13.

In a statement, Mayor Alfredo Benitez underscored the importance of having a birth certificate as among the essential documents needed for various official transactions and requirements.

Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Benitez (3rd from left) leads the distribution of security paper copies of certificate of live birth to a resident in rites held at the Bacolod City College Activity Center March 13; assisted by (from left) city civil registrar Hermilo Paoyon, Philippine Statistics Authority-Negros Occidental chief statistical specialist John Campomanes, Councilor Cindy Rojas, and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Familiaran FB photo

“Congratulations to the beneficiaries for completing their birth registration process and receiving their SECPA,” he added.

The beneficiaries included residents from barangays Alijis, Estefania, Felisa, and Mansilingan.

Benitez led the distribution rites together with city civil registrar Hermilo Paoyon, PSA-Negros Occidental chief statistical specialist John Campomanes and registration officer II Edwin Guiking, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and several councilors, among others.

Those who were not able to claim the SECPA copies of their birth certificates Wednesday can file a request at the Office of the Civil Registrar.

The BRAP allows the late registration of the birth records of individuals who belong to marginalized communities, indigenous people, Muslim Filipinos, the poorest sector of the country, senior citizens, and those who are currently living outside of their birthplace.

Those who want to complete the late registration process are required to submit the minimum documents, including a negative omnibus certification issued by PSA and an accomplished affidavit for delayed registration of birth at the back of the certificate of live birth.

Also needed are an affidavit of two disinterested persons, a certificate of indigency issued by the barangay head, and any proof of identity, such as a barangay certification, driver’s license, or other applicable documents. | PNA