TN 31 (08-05)
GN 00307.757 General Information on Evidence From the Philippines
Primary evidence of age, marriage, death, etc. is available in the Philippines. Despite the WW II destruction and natural disasters, RCC, Philippine Independent Church (PIC) and local civil records are available. There are few communities in which all the records have been destroyed.
However, special procedures apply to this evidence because of irregularities in both the source records on which the certifications are issued and the certificates themselves. These fraudulent activities often involve claims helpers who are used by Philippine claimants both inside and outside the U.S. (see GN 00905.360 )
SSA does not accept certifications of Philippine records or certifications of the nonavailability of such records without considering the allegations and evidence in file, as well as the information in the following sections on the availability and reliability of Philippine source records.
Ask the Federal Benefits Unit in Manila, Philippines to establish the accuracy of evidence if there is a doubt about its probative value. Include information on the basis for questioning the evidence.
GN 00310.000, Catalog of Available Records in the Philippines.