There’s an interesting discussion started by Prosec. Ann Tugbang-Torres: “Do you think there should be a law allowing persons who have undergone a sex re-assignment surgery to also change the entry in their Certificates of Live Birth to conform with their current sex?” The way I see it, the issue on allowing a change in gender (as appearing in the Birth Certificate) by reason of sex change is linked with the issue of same-sex marriage.
A person’s name is a word or combination of words by which he is known and identified, and distinguished from others, for the convenience of the world at large in addressing him, or in speaking of or dealing with him. It is both of personal as well as public interest that every person must have a name. The State has an interest in the names borne by individuals and entities for purposes of identification. A change of name is a privilege, not a right. Continue reading
When is a man a man and when is a woman a woman? In particular, does the law recognize the changes made by a physician using scalpel, drugs and counseling with regard to a person’s sex? May a person successfully petition for a change of name and sex appearing in the birth certificate to reflect the result of a sex reassignment surgery? Continue reading
It’s now easier to ask for corrections in first names and typographical errors under Republic Act No. 9048, which took effect on 22 April 2001. Under this law, the city or municipal civil registrar (or the consul general) may correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry, or change the first name or nickname in the civil register without need of a court order. The law characterizes “clerical or typographical error” as: Continue reading