House members approved on its third and final reading the bill which would grant permanent validity to birth, marriage, and death certificates in the Philippines.

The proposed¬†‘Permanent Validity of the Certificates of Live Birth, Death, and Marriage Act’ (House Bill 9175) managed to get 199 votes.

Once officially enacted into law, birth, marriage, and death, certificates from the National Statistics Office (NSO), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), and local civil registries, will have permanent validity.

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In addition, the Philippine Foreign Service Posts will be mandated to issue birth, marriage, and death certificates with permanent validity regardless of the date they are issued.

As part of the measure, local civil registration offices and Philippine Foreign Service Posts will create a civil registry database with a virtual viewing facility in order to make document verification easier. 

Under House Bill 9175, PH government agencies and businesses, as well as private companies, will be prohibited from asking for ‘newer’ copies of documents and certificates when a valid ‘old’ one was already presented.

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