Registration of Foundling

Release Date: 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Reglamentary Period and Place of Registration

Registration of the foundling in the Office of the Civil Registrar of the city/municipal where the child was found shall be made by the finder/charitable institution within thirty (30) days from the date of finding/commitment of the child.  Any report made after the 30-day period shall be considered late, and the concerned party shall be required to state in a sworn statement the circumstances that caused the late reporting to the civil registrar.

Persons Responsible to Report the Event

The finder shall report the case to the barangay captain of the place where the foundling was found, or to the police headquarters, whichever is nearer or convenient to the finder. When the report is duly noted, the finder shall commit the child to the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development or to a duly licensed orphanage or charitable or similar institution.

If the finder is awarded the custody of the foundling, he shall give a name for the child and shall report the same to the civil registrar of the city/municipality where the child was found. Otherwise, the giving of name to the child and its registration as foundling shall be the responsibility of the institution where the child was committed.

Requirements for Registration of Foundling

  1. Certificate of Foundling accomplished correctly and completely;
  2. Affidavit of the finder stating the facts and circumstances surrounding the finding of the child, and the fact that the foundling has been reported to the barangay captain or to the police authority, as the case maybe; and
  3. Certification of the barangay captain or police authority regarding the report made by the finder, stating among other things that no one has claimed the child or no one has claimed the child or no one has reported a missing child whose description may be the same as the foundling as of the date of the certification.

Number of Copies to be Accomplished

It shall be the duty of the person concerned to accomplish and send three (3) copies of the Certificate of Foundling to the civil registrar for registration. After registration, the civil registrar shall distribute copies of the certificate bearing the civil registry number within five (5) days from receipt thereof as follows: first copy to the registrant; second copy to the Office of the Civil Registrar-General; and third copy shall be retained for his file.