Makati offers free certified copies of civil documents from February 26 to 28


February 21, 2018

Ref.: Makati ICRD, 8998938



Makati offers free certified copies of civil documents from February 26 to 28


Makati Mayor Abby Binay today announced that the City Civil Registration Office (CCRO) will be issuing for free one certified true copy (CTC) each of civil registry certificates of birth, marriage, death, as well as certificate of no record on file, from February 26 to 28 to residents and other qualified beneficiaries.


The mayor said the three-day initiative, themed “Rehistradong Pamilya, May Libreng Isang Kopya”, is in line with the city’s observance of the Civil Registration Month this February.


“I encourage our dear Makatizens, and even those who are non-residents but were born or married in Makati, to take advantage of the free service. Individuals with relatives who died in Makati can also get a copy of the death certificate of their loved one for free,” Mayor Abby said. 


Last year, the City Council passed City Ordinance No. 2017-023 suspending the collection of local fees imposed for the processing and issuance of certified true copies of certificates of birth, marriage, death, and certificate of no record on file for a number of days as determined by the mayor, during the annual celebration of the civil registration month. 


“Since last year, we have allotted three working days for the initiative since we want to accommodate more people as far as practicable, especially those who have less in life. This will help them get the necessary records that they can use for employment, enrolment in school, and for other purposes, free of charge,” Mayor Abby said.


The mayor also noted that the theme crafted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), “#napapanahongCRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics)”, underscores the importance of updated and accurate civil registry records in the planning and implementation of government programs. 


The city ordinance entitles the qualified requesting party to one free copy of a civil document from the Civil Registry Office of Makati (for local use only; not PSA/NSO copy). The regular fee will apply for succeeding copies. The requested document will be released after three (3) working days from filing of application.


Requesting parties shall proceed to the CCRO located at 3rdfloor of Makati City Hall Building I and accomplish the Verification Request Form at Window 4. CCRO will be open to accommodate applications for free civil documents from 8am to 5pm on February 26 to 28.


Requesting parties only need to present one valid government-issued ID. Should they request the document for another’s behalf, they will also have to present, aside from a valid ID, an authorization letter and photocopies of their valid ID and of theperson named in the document (if of legal age) or of parent (if still a minor). 


At present, Makati residents and clients only pay P104 for scheduled release of a civil document to be issued after three working days, or P154 for rushed release, which is issued an hour upon application. 


In 2017, CCRO issued a total of 24,016 civil documents consisting of 21,311 rushed releases and 2,705 scheduled releases. Over the last three years, the number of civil documents released by the said office has been increasing, with 23,589 issued in 2016 and 19,545 in 2015.  


In 1991, then President Corazon Aquino, through Presidential Proclamation No. 682, declared February of every year as Civil Registration Month. Subsequently in 2005, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared February 23 as the Universal Birth Registration Day.




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