Philippines: Documentation required and procedures to be followed by a parent wishing to travel abroad with a minor child in the absence, or without the consent of, the other parent
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Publication Date||29 March 2010|
|Citation / Document Symbol||PHL103369.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Philippines: Documentation required and procedures to be followed by a parent wishing to travel abroad with a minor child in the absence, or without the consent of, the other parent, 29 March 2010, PHL103369.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e4390752.html [accessed 2 March 2015]|
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A Consular Services official at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines said in a 12 January 2009 telephone interview that one parent may travel alone with their child. However, if a minor under the age of 18 years of age is to travel with someone other than a parent, the accompanying adult must have obtained a travel clearance document from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (Philippines 1 July 2010).
According to the website of the government of the Philippines, one parent is required to be present in order to issue a passport for a minor under 18 years of age (Philippines 1 July 2009). If the minor in question is "illegitimate" that parent must be the mother of the child or youth (ibid.).
According to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, as of 15 February 2010, the Philippines was not a signatory on the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Philippines. 12 January 2010. Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Ottawa. Telephone interview with a Consular Services Official.
_____. 1 July 2009. "Passport Requirements for First-time Applicants."
Hague Conference on Private International Law. 15 February 2010. "Status Table." <<http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=24> [Accessed 29 Mar. 2010]
Additional Sources Consulted
Oral source: An official from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington D.C. was unable to provide information within the time constraints of this Response.
Internet sites, including: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Ottawa, Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington D.C..