That was fast! I wasn’t expecting it within this week, but when I got home this afternoon, look what met me at the front door!
Before leaving for the States, I am making sure that all my documents are complete so that I don’t have a hard time when I do actually move out. And, it’s not just the simple “moving out”. It is the “moving out halfway across the world”. So, one of the things I need to get done is order a couple copies of my birth certificate as I am sure it is very important for verifying my identity when I go to a different country.
I once ordered my CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) through NSO’s hotline number which is (02) 737-1111. It was good service, but the delivery took me 3-4 days, if I’m not mistaken. For my birth certificate, I ordered online via E-census, which was very easy and fast. You can order either a birth, marriage, death certificate or a CENOMAR, which is what everyone usually needs. One doesn’t need to go to an NSO office, sweat and push with everyone else around. You can do everything in the comfort of your own home. I like that things are getting easier and more high-tech in the Philippines, even though we are a bit late compared to other countries.
When ordering online, there are various ways to pay. You can either pay via credit card, online banking, ATM transactions, or over-the-counter. Online, the 2 banks that they use are BDO and UnionBank. When I ordered my CENOMAR through the telephone hotline, I remember that it was through MetroBank. I guess there are different ways of paying if you order via telephone, or online. Eitherway, it is easy. 🙂
I myself paid through an ATM machine since I have a BDO account already. It can be found in the “Bills Payment” section. The next day, after checking my status in the E-Census website, it says that they have already processed my payment. The day after that, I got my birth certificates! Weeeeeee! That’s 2 days all in all! Great, huh?
Now, how I wish all other documents needed, like transcripts for school, professional certificates and whatnot, can just be delivered to our homes? That would make me a happy camper!