MANILA Congress has ratified a measure that eliminates lengthy legal proceedings in the adoption of children.
In a statement Saturday, the Senate said that the "Simulated Birth Direct Act of 2018" seeks to accelerate adoption and "amnesty" and allows the rectification of the simulated birth of a child where the simulation was made for the best interest of the child , and that such a child is consistently considered and treated by the person. & # 39;
"Birth simulation" refers to tampering with the birth certificate to show that a child was born by a person who was not the biological mother of the child.
Under the law on domestic adoption, however, penalties are due to those who cause fictitious registration of the birth of a child.
Instead of going to court, those who want to file a petition to adopt a child can do so through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Development.
The DSWD secretary decides on the petition within 30 days of receiving the recommendation from the regional director of the agency.
Approximately 6,500 children are waiting for adoption, according to the DSWD.