The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah would like to inform all Filipino citizens on the following guidelines in registering the birth of “irregular” children of OFWs, as per NSO guidelines:

  • Through the Birth Declaration or Affidavit or either parent or the physician or nurse who attended the birth.  A Birth Notification or hospital certificate is sufficient in making a Report of Birth.
  • For delayed registration, a Joint Birth Affidavit, the Birth Declaration or Affidavit of the person reporting such birth may be accepted.  A registration is considered late when it is made thirty (30) days after the date of birth.
  • Procedures and requirements for registering vital events such as births, deaths, marriages and other events as required by law are laid down in Administrative Order No 1, Series of 1993.
  • In following up with NSO the Birth Certificate of Filipino children born abroad, applicants need not give to the NSO the DFA date of transmittal, reference number and dispatch number from the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah.  Only in instances when the Birth Certificate cannot be located by the NSO will the applicant be requested to secure the information from DFA.



What is civil registration?

It is a continuous, permanent and compulsory recording of vital events occurring in the life of an individual such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as court decrees, and legal instruments affecting his civil status in appropriate registers as mandated by Act No. 3753, the Civil Registry Law.

What are the uses of Civil Registry Documents?

Basically, there are two uses:

Legally, these establish the occurrence of birth, death, or marriage and therefore provide prima facie evidence of facts surrounding these events.

Birth records present many facts about an individual such as the person’s name, date and place of birth, parents, religion, and citizenship, among others. The marriage certificate establishes a change in civil status and the legal spouse, while the death certificate records the passing away of an individual.

These records are important in legal and personal transactions, applying for jobs, obtaining passports for travel, entrance to school, claiming insurance benefits, and others.

Statistically, these records provide data on the number of births, deaths, marriages, fetal deaths, adoptions, and the like, which in turn are essential in development planning.