28 December 2021 – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has formally adopted the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA) recommendations in its guidelines for securing a Certificate of Foundling and Certification of Registration of Authority to Solemnize Marriage (CRASM).

The PSA signed its Memorandum Circular No. 2021-24 on the Guidelines in the Registration of the Certificate of Live Birth of Persons with No Known Parent/s and the Amended Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2021 on the 2021 Implementing Rules and Regulations Governing the Registration of Authority to Solemnize Marriages on 14 December 2021.

These newly signed issuances effectively eased the process and requirements for the registration of foundling and application for CRASM.

Among the changes made in the guidelines for the registration of foundling include the new revised form for the Certificate of Foundling, renamed as the Certificate of Live Birth which is found to be less discriminatory.

The PSA also scrapped the requirements of the affidavit of the finder stating the facts and circumstances surrounding the child and the certification of the barangay captain or police authority regarding the report made by the finder.

Instead, those securing the said certificate will only be required to submit four copies of the correctly and completely accomplished Certificate of Live Birth, the original or certified true copy of the social case study report, and the certificate declaring a child legally available for adoption (CDCLAA) in case the person with no known parents is subject for adoption.

Meanwhile, the burdensome requirements in securing a CRASM were also weeded out by the PSA, particularly the required list of 200 bonafide active members with their complete addresses and signatures.

The required sworn statement containing the brief history of the religion or religious sect and the certified Certificate of Registration, Articles of Incorporations and by-laws, and updated General Information Sheet issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) were also removed from the list of requirements.

In the past few months, ARTA conducted three inter-agency meetings with PSA, together with orphanage representatives and religious sects, to assist in streamlining its processes and requirements.

Secretary Jeremiah B. Belgica, ARTA Director General, welcomed the PSA’s move to adopt its recommendations and vowed to continuously work with the agency to ensure that its process and requirements are streamlined.

“We thank the PSA for their coordination with and trust in the Anti-Red Tape Authority. We strongly believe that these revised guidelines will help the Filipino public conduct smoother, faster, and more efficient transactions with their government,” he said.

“We at ARTA will continue to work in close coordination with the PSA, as well as other government agencies and the private sector, to ensure that these pain points in our government processes will be addressed,” he added.