It has been eight weeks and one day since Kai’s birth. My last post was about my 2 week breastfeeding journey, and here I am making another post and feeling like a million bucks. I feel confident again as a parent, less tired and much happier. After giving birth, the next three months is very important. Kai is half Japanese and half Filipino. We have to register him as a citizen of the Philippines and a citizen of Japan. I was lucky to have my mother processed most of the necessary documents for us. I can only imagine how exhausting it would have been if I had been the one who did it. Kai would have been crying while waiting for his milk and my boobs would have been leaking or worse, engorged. As I have mentioned in my earlier post, I have milk oversupply and forced let down that limit me to be out without my baby.
Today I’m going to talk about the process of Certificate of Live Birth and NSO Birth Certificate.
1. MEDICAL RECORDS
The next day of Kai’s birthday, my husband gave the form which I filled out with our son’s information at the medical records in the hospital where I gave birth. It could have been done the same day I delivered Kai but we were too exhausted to do so. There was a 24 hour allotted time so we took advantage of it and rest while we still had the privilege. My husband received a copy of our LO’s Certificate of Live Birth. This was just a copy and cannot be used in any legal process.
2. CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH (uncertified/ no stamp).
My mother (with an authorization letter) was the one who claimed Kai’s uncertified certificate ( No stamp with CERTIFIED TRUE COPY) of live birth at Cebu Doctor’s Hospital 3 weeks after my son’s arrival.
3. CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH.
She went to the City Health Office where she was able to have my baby’s Certificate of Live Birth certified (stamped). She requested six copies (she photocopied first) to be authenticated and each cost 50 pesos. The application for electronic endorsement was 4 days later. They instructed her to go to PSA in 3-4 days. Early endorsement is encouraged. According to them, it will only take 3 weeks before Kai’s Certificate of Live Birth is released and will take 6 months if an electronic endorsement is not requested.
4. NSO BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
Four days ago, my mother returned to PSA to request for an electronic endorsement of her grand son’s birth certificate. They did not charge her anything. A payment will be done on the day of the release. They gave her the endorsement form with Kai’s certificate of live birth attached. I will have to make a follow up of the status through their provided telephone numbers three weeks to one month after the request . If the request is approved, I may be able to file a copy for SECPA at the PSA Outlet here in Cebu.
6. CONFIRMATION OF THE REQUEST THROUGH PHONE.
Yesterday, I called PSA to make a follow up of DS’s (dear son) birth certificate. It was a relief to hear that everything was OK and I could get a copy of it anytime at their outlet.
5. RELEASE OF NSO BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
Today was my husband’s off so we decided to claim Kai’s birth certificate. It took us less than a minute to request for the birth certificate. Any parent with an infant was a priority and was allowed to take advantage of the express lane. In fact, the same goes with elderly, pregnant and PWD. They asked to see my ID for identification. After the request, we were instructed to return in 2 hour to claim the copy of the birth certificate. We also made a request of our marriage certificate. Each cost 140 pesos. We had lunch first then return to PSA to claim the document. My name was called 30 minutes after I gave them the receipt which I received upon paying. Before they handed the certificate over, they asked for my ID for another identification and my signature.
And we’re done!