Bill seeking stress-free adoption process step closer to Senate okay

November 29, 2018
Risa Hontiveros
Risa Hontiveros

A BILL that seeks to legally adopting a child in the Philippines stress-free by simplifying the adoption process has hurdled second reading in the Senate.

Senate Bill 2081 was approved on second reading Tuesday without amendments and is expected to be passed on third and final reading next week.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, Chair of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, in her sponsorship speech said the bill seeks to correct the status of a child whose birth was simulated by opening the avenue for legal adoption that the child may enjoy all the benefits offered by the law to legally adopted children.

According to the measure, “birth simulation” refers to the tampering with the civil registry to make it appear in the record of birth that a child was born to a person who is not the child’s biological mother.

“To remedy the problem of lengthy and financially restrictive adoption proceedings, this bill likewise proposes a simpler and less costly administrative adoption process without compromising the safety and integrity of the child,” Hontiveros said.

Entitled “Simulated Birth Rectification Act of 2018,” the measure aims to grant amnesty and allow the rectification of the simulated birth of a child “where simulation was made for the best interest of the child, and that such child has been consistently considered and treated by the person” as his or her own.

Its counterpart measure, House Bill No. 5675, was approved by the House of Representatives on August 29 last year.