What’s in a Middle Name?

One of the most popular questions we receive on our Facebook page is this:

“Problema po ng birth certificate ko, wala po akong middle name. Unknown po ang nakalagay sa blank ng “father’s name”. At dahil daw po illegitimate ako, wala daw po talaga akong middle name. Tama po ba yun?”

 

Yes that is correct. Our laws say that children whose parents are married, or recognized by their fathers have the right to bear a middle name. Applying those laws also tell us that illegitimate children who are not acknowledged by their father bear only a given name and their mother’s surname, and without a middle name.

For example, Maria gives birth to a girl Jennifer. The father did not acknowledge Jennifer as his daughter. If Jennifer uses a middle name..

Mother’s Name: Maria Dela Cruz Reyes

Child’s Name:    Jennifer Dela Cruz Reyes

This will make it appear that they are sisters, instead of mother and daughter. Our Supreme Court wanted to avoid this confusion. Therefore, this rule arose.

Right now, the only way to solve this problem is to file a case in court. Unless this bill becomes a law…

http://agham.org.ph/house-bill-4649-middle-name-illegitimate-children-act-2011/

Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

First Regular Session

HOUSE BILL NO. 4649


Introduced by Hon. ANGELO B. PALMONES


AN ACT AMENDING TITLE XIII, ARTICLE 368 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES AND CHAPTER 3, ARTICLE 176 OF THE FAMILY CODE (EO No. 209) AUTHORIZING THE USE OF THE MIDDLE NAME OF THE MOTHER BY AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD, AND

FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress Assembled:

SECTION 1. Title – The act shall be known as the Middle Name of Illegitimate Children Act of 2011.

SECTION 2. Use of the middle name of the mother of illegitimate child – The first sentence of Chapter 3, Article 175 of the Family Code (EO No. 209) is amended to read as follows: Illegitimate children shall use the surname and middle name of their mother, and shall be entitled to support in conformity with this code.

Likewise, Title XIII, Article 368 of the Civil Code of the Philippines shall be amended to read as follows: Illegitimate children referred to in Article 287 shall bear the surname and middle name of the mother.

SECTION 3. Addition of the middle name of illegitimate children – Mothers or guardians of illegitimate children below 18 years old who wish to add the middle name of the mothers of their wards shall merely inform the local Civil Registrar in writing. The Civil Registrar will record the change in their books and in turn inform the National Statistics Office (NSO) of the change. The NSO shall issue a certification of the change in the name of the illegitimate child. Such change shall be entered into the books/records of the NSO. The services of the Civil Registrar and the NSO shall be for free.

Similarly, illegitimate children 18 years and older may on their own request the Civil Registrar, in writing of the addition of the middle name using the middle name of the mother. The same procedure shall be followed by the Civil Registrar and the NSO and their services shall be for free.

SECTION 4. Effectivity – This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

Approved,
ANGELO B. PALMONES

Representative, AGHAM Party List

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48 responses to “What’s in a Middle Name?

  1. Floresa Pastidio Tapnio Bueno

    Ask ko po pwede ba ako apply online sa pagcorrect ko ng birth certificate ko na ung apelyido ng mother ko ay imbes na Pastidio ay Pastillo ang nakalagay…

    • Kailangan po i-file ang mga correction tulad nito sa mismong local civil registrar kung saan po kayo pinanganak. Matutulungan po namin kayo at mabibigyan ng iba pang detalye tungkol sa proseso. Tawag lamang po kayo sa office namin para makapagset ng appointment 7051265/7051277. Salamat po.

  2. ernie requiron sevillita

    anu po ang gagawin ko sa birth ko kasi ung middle name atsaka ung last name ko po nag,palit po cla ng position..plz help me.

    • Pwede po itong ma-consider na clerical error. Para masiguro po ito, kelangan pong mareview po namin ang mga dokumento ninyo. Para po maibigay po namin ang tamang advice.

      Please call our office 7051265/7051277 to set an appointment with our birth certificate specialists.

  3. ernie requiron sevillita

    my possibility po bah nah dito maayos ung process ng birth ko kasi hnd nmn pinapansin ng mga tga cityhall sa aming bayan eh….my limang buwan na po nka,tingga lng po sa cityhall ung birth ko at hindi po nla inaayos.

  4. Mark Jay Merced

    good day po sir/mam,
    problema po yung middle initial ko ho ..bale ang nakalagay sa middle initial ko eh ay pareho ng middle initial ng tatay ko imbes ng sa nanay ko po.. bale kasal nama po sila tas tama din yung nakalagay sa LOcal Civil Registrar na record yung mismong NSO lang po yung mali..tnx

  5. Fe Supas

    ask ko lng po. bakit wla pong middle name ng nanay ko ang naka lagay sa NSO… pati po ako ngayon wlang dinadalang middle name.. ndi pa po kasi kasal noon ang nanay at tatay ko. nong pinanganak ako . kaya surname nang nanay ko ang ginamit ku ngayon…

  6. Marie

    ask ko lang po..ang nakalagay na middle name ko sa birth certificate ko is yng middle name ng mother ko when she was still single..in short, may middle name was the surname of my grandmother…any help?

    • Pwede po ito i-correct sa civil registrar kung saan kayo pinanganak. Kailangan nyo lang po magpresent ng documents that can prove your correct middle name.

      For complete advice on process and requirements, you may call our office for an appointment with our birth certificate specialists. Numbers are 7051265/7051277. Thank you.

      • Marie

        what documents do i need to bring to the civil registrar in order for them to correct the middle name in my birth certificate?..

      • Usually ang hihingin po ay documents from your mother, her birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.

        For other details or a more comprehensive advice, please call us for a consultation 7051265/7051277.

        Thank you.

  7. mi ca

    Mgkano po ba ang magagastos mali kc ung birth year nang pamangkin ko!!pano po ung pag process non

  8. Dolly

    Hi Ms. Marie,

    My concern: sa bc ng pamagkin ko is blank yung middle name.. then yung surname na nkalagay is dapat ay middle name sya bale hindi nag appear yung surname ng father nya.. hindi kasal parents nya pero may naka-attached naman na acknowledgement of paternity. san po sya ipapa correct, ilang months po aabutin and kung may idea po kayo kung magkano sana. salamat.

    • Kailangan pong mag-file ng affidavit to use the surname of the father sa palce kung saan sya pinanganak.

      For other details or a more comprehensive advice, please call us for a consultation 7051265/7051277.

      Thank you.

  9. neth

    adopted po ako, pero ang middle name na gamit ko e yung sa biological mother ko. andami ko npong pinagtanungan about sa case ko, need daw pong ipa ammend yung court decision. malaking gastos po, anu po ba pwede kong gawin yung indi gagastos ng malaki?

    • ano po ba ang middle name na dapat ninyong ginagamit?

      For other details or a more comprehensive advice, please call us for a consultation 7051265/7051277.

      Thank you.

      • neth

        kasi ang middle name ng nag addopt sa akin ay Golosinda, dapat po un gamitin ko, e kaso po ang ginagamit ko e yung middle name ng biological mother ko which is Santos.

  10. rona

    is this HB 4649 approved already?

  11. Carmela Oribello Dela Rosa

    nag file po ako nun sept para ma spell out yun middle name ko at mabago yun name ng mother ko na dapat maiden name ang nakalagay.pero bakit po hanggang ngayon dec na di pa din nalalagay sa data base yun new birth certificate ko.atyun po sa nakausap ko 2 to 3 months ang process pero bakit po ganun ang nangyari?kompleto naman daw po yun papers ko.tulungan nyo naman po ako.

    • Saan po kayo nagfile? Kung kumpleto po ang documents ninyo, pwede nyo po ipresent sa NSO lahat ng documents na ibinigay sa inyo ng civil registrar. Para mailagay po sa kopya nila ang mga corrections ninyo

  12. ask ko lang po anu po b dpt gwin kpg my mli sa middle name ng father ko s b.certifcate ko.. Abrillo po ang tma pero Abrello po ang nka lagay sa b.certficate ko po

    tnx po🙂

    • Pwede po mag-file ng correction ng clerical error sa place kung saan po kayo pinanganak. Ang primary evidence po dito ay ang birth certificate ng father ninyo.

      You may also call 7051265/7051277 for more details. Thank you

  13. veliza

    may problem po is mali ng isang letter yung middle name ko po.. ano po ba talaga ang dapat gawin kasi sa pagkaka alam ko po may ammendment na wala ng gagastusin sa pag aayos at pwede na po sa NSO ayusin yun hindi na po kailangan bumalik kung saang municipal ka pinanganak?

    • Hindi po sa NSO kundi sa munisipyo kung saan po kayo pinanganak. At mayroon pa rin pong kailangang bayaran na filing fee para sa mga correction na ganito.

      For more details po, tawag po kayo sa 7051265/7051277 para makakunsulta sa aming mga birth certificate specialist. Thank you.

  14. akira

    Ask ko lang po , kelangan pa po ba ng court order pag nagpa add ng fathers name sa birth certicate ng bata ? At kelangan din po ba ng appearance ng biological father pag pina add ko yung name nia . Ano po ba yung process para sa adding of fathers name . Fathers name lang po at hindi po surname
    .

  15. maribel fernandez

    Mahal po ba,ang bayad kung ipapalit nmin apelyido ng ka live in ko sa apelyido ko ng anak nmin kht di pa kmi kasal?slamat po,godbless….

    • Ma’am, hindi po pwedeng gamitin ng anak ninyo ang apelyido ng ka live-in ninyo. Kung gusto ninyo po ma’am, maaring po kayo mag file ng adoption sa korte.

  16. Dreab

    Yung middle name at surename ko po pareho sa mother ko, gusto ko po mag apply ng passport gamit ang birth certificate ko na yun, magkakaron po ba ng problema? Kung oo ano po ang paraan para maayos ito? Salamat po

  17. trish

    may problema din po ako sa birthcertificate ko,yung middle name po kasi ng mother ko letter S. lang ang nakalagay, ang full name ko po trisha santos cruz,,hindi po nilagay ng mother ko yung full name nya sa birthcertificate ko ang nilagay lang po nya teresa s.cruz,,hindi ko po alam kung anu yung s dahil pinaampon po nya ako,hindi po ako makakuha ng passport dahil questionable ang middle name ng mother ko,anu pong gagawin ko?wala po akong kilala kahit isang kamag anak na nakakakilala sa biological mother ko

    • Kailangan po ninyo macorrect ito, ang middle name at mother’s name ninyo. At importante po makakuha kayo ng documents tungkol sa mother ninyo.

      Please call 027051265/027051277 for an appointment with our specialist. Bring all your documents po, so we can advise you accordingly.

  18. Luz G. Urongan

    What is the status of HB 4649, where can we contact the author of this bill

  19. Good day! Isa po akong unwed mother. Simula po ng ipanganak ko ang anak ko nun 1991 ay ginagamit na nya ang middle name at surname ko. Me dapat pa po ba akong i-file sa korte or kailangan ko pa po bang sumulat sa civil registrar? Anu po ang dapat gawin? Salamat.

  20. Sherwin Pangawilan

    Magandang araw po, kapag po walang M.I ang may ari po ng birth pati po yung mother and father, kailangan po bang lahat palagyan po ng M.I.? Or pwedi po bang ang May ari lang po nang birth ang palalagyan ng M.I.?

    • kung kasal po ang nanay at tatay, pwede po magka-middle name/initial. Or kahit hindi kasal, posible pa rin po.

      Please call 027051265/027051277 for an appointment with our specialist. Bring all your documents po, so we can advise you accordingly.

  21. allen

    Good day po. Yung daughter ko po ay walang middle na nkalagay bec of illegitimacy status but acknowledge by her biological father. Maaari ko bang ilagay yung middle name ko sa bcert nia? anong procedure po?

  22. annabelle hallasgo salva

    Maam gud morning may problema po ako sa nso birth certificate nang anak ko yung middle name nya wlang nklagay only surname lng kc not married ako pero nklagay po sa birth nya ang knyang father name.tama po ba na wlang nklagay na middle name?

    • Kelan po pinanganak ang bata? Kadalasan po ganito talaga kapag hindi kasal ang mga magulang ng bata. Kailangan po ninyong kumunsulta sa abogado tungkol dito, dahil sa korte lang po pwede magpacancel ng rehistro. For more details, please call 7051265/7051277. Thanks.

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