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 )