Last week, I was poring over the Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands website as I have to recheck for the details on how I would be able to secure a new Philippine Passport. And yes, I said “recheck” as I had been checking the same website and the same information since August 2014 last year.
Last week’s rechecking involved getting information as to how I can secure a Filipino passport for my 22 month’s old daughter. The information says:
FIRST-TIME PASSPORT APPLICANTS / CHILDREN BORN IN THE NETHERLANDS
Note: A person born in the Netherlands is considered a Filipino citizen if one or both of his parents are Filipino citizens at the time of his/her birth.
1. Duly accomplished passport application form
2. Report of Birth (ROB)
3. Passport of the parent(s)
4. If parents are married, Marriage Contract (MC) or Report of Marriage (ROM), issued by Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General in the country where the marriage ceremony took place. Please present original documents, with one (1) photocopy, as stated above.
And there I saw the abbreviation ROM. Report of Marriage. The procedure on how to secure one really looks complicated.
I sent the following email to the Philippine Embassy then (out of curiousity? I guess):
Dear Philippine Embassy,
I was checking your website and I have a few questions:
1. To have our Dutch marriage registered with yourselves, I have to present our Marriage Certificate in English. Where do I get this? Could I have this asked from the Gemeente (City Hall)?
2. What is the main importance of having our marriage registered with the Philippine Embassy?
3. I would want to secure a Philippine Passport for my daughter, however, she is only 2 years old and we live in Maastricht and travel is difficult by train and by bus. Is it possible if I just come alone and request for her passport myself?
Hope to hearing from you soon.
And I got the following response, 1 business day after (man, they are fast in the Netherlands!):
Regarding your inquiry, you can get the International Marriage Contract at the Gemente where you got married and should also be legalized by the Ministerie van Buitenlandsezaken (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) before you apply for a Report of Marriage at the Phil. Embassy.
The importance of applying for the Report of Marriage is that: the Report of Marriage will be forwarded to DFA and DFA will forward it to NSO, so that you will a record of your marriage at the NSO. Also, the Report of Marriage is one requirement if you want to apply for a new passport for your baby.
With regards to applying for a new passport for your baby, you must bring the baby with you, as electronic passfoto will be captured.
The Hague PE
Then it dawned on me: I don’t have any papers that says I am married in the Philippines! I am married in the Netherlands but not in the Philippines!
Oh wow! My official status at the National Statistics Office (NSO) in the Philippines says I.am.single.
I do not know why I was so ecstatic when I told my husband. His reply: nothing. He just rolled his eyes and shook his head obviously thinking: “Here we go again.”
When I told him that I want to get a Philippine Passport for our daughter, he looked at me (this time, he looked at me!) and asked “Why?” And I said:
1. Because she is a Filipino as her mother is a crazy Filipina.
2. So she has a right to the Philippines.
3. So she can live and own properties in the Philippines as a Filipino.
4. So she can work and study in the Philippines if she wants to.
“If she wants to and in the future when she’s big enough. Not now.”, was what my husband said. “We can still get that in the future, right?”
“Right.”, I said.
Then I explained about the Report of Marriage and how it is needed to secure the passport for Z.
“”Why would you want to get all of these now?”, he asked again.
“Because The Hague (the city where the Philippine Embassy is situated) is so far away!”
“Sweety…”, was his only reply.
It takes 3 hours and 51 minutes travel by train and bus together from the Maastricht station to the Philippine Embassy according to Google Maps.
Oh well, I will just go and renew my own Philippine Passport and meet up with Veronica! (They are coming back!)
I still want to inform the Philippine government, though, that I am married!
Philippine Embassy in the Netherlands website:
Laan Copes Van Cattenburch 125
2585 EZ, The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
Tel. No. +31-(0)7.03.60.48.20
Fax No. +31-(0)7.03.56.00.30
Email: The Hague PE