Government Service Series :Census Serbilis Center

by Anna Katharina on September 28, 2008

in government service series

Census Serbilis Centers under the National Statistics Office have been opened for the convenience of the public applying for copies of birth, marriage, death certificates and certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR) for local and foreign use.

Because of visa requirements, I had a chance of going to a Census Serbilis Center at the Ground Floor, Lifestyle I Building Hobbies of Asia, at Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard. I requested for 4 birth certificates and 1 marriage certificate. Really. it’s a long queue, it took me 3 hours to complete the processing and another 2 hours to wait for the release of the said original copies. It was a long wait at screening area since only 2-3 persons are staffing the screening booth. The fee is around 140 pesos per document.

I wonder why they are showing an Indian variety show and something about a Chinese war, which show some form of brutality at the TV monitors in the area. Maybe they could show some historical Filipino films about Rizal or something that is very Filipino.

I decided to get the documents some other day, and when I came back 3 days after to claim the documents, it took me 20 minutes to do so. At the back of the building, is the where you can claim the documents. It is more convenient in terms of less people at the waiting area, air conditioning system is cold, but maybe because it was 8:30 AM.

Do not forget to bring a pen, a valid ID, water to drink and something to kill the boredom. You will also provide some basic information (address, birtdate,birthplace etc )to facilitate verification and issuance of your needed document. It s better for you to bring an old copy of the document or “kodigo” so as to prevent errors in your application.

But if you are too busy going through this process, getting documents from NSO is just a phone call away. You can DIAL 737-111 “ isang tawag na lang ang birth certificate”. NSO Birth Certificate delivery 24 hours. The fee is 300 pesos to be paid at Metro, Bancnet or any Bayad center, document will be delivered right at your doorstep.

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