Republic Act No. 9225    

Congress of the Philippines
Twelfth Congress
Third Regular Session

Begun held in Metro Manila on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of July, two thousand three.

Republic Act No. 9225             August 29, 2003

AN ACT MAKING THE CITIZENSHIP OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENS WHO ACQUIRE FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP PERMANENT. AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE COMMONWEALTH ACT. NO. 63, AS AMENDED AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress Assembled:

Section 1. Short Title – this act shall be known as the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003.”

Section 2. Declaration of Policy – It is hereby declared the policy of the State that all Philippine citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under the conditions of this Act.

Section 3. Retention of Philippine Citizenship – Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, natural-born citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the following oath of allegiance to the Republic:

“I _____________________, solemny swear (or affrim) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Natural born citizens of the Philippines who, after the effectivity of this Act, become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon taking the aforesaid oath.

Section 4. Derivative Citizenship – The unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship upon effectivity of this Act shall be deemed citizenship of the Philippines.

Section 5. Civil and Political Rights and Liabilities – Those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this Act shall enjoy full civil and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Philippines and the following conditions:

(1) Those intending to exercise their right of surffrage must Meet the requirements under Section 1, Article V of the Constitution, Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003” and other existing laws;

(2) Those seeking elective public in the Philippines shall meet the qualification for holding such public office as required by the Constitution and existing laws and, at the time of the filing of the certificate of candidacy, make a personal and sworn renunciation of any and all foreign citizenship before any public officer authorized to administer an oath;

(3) Those appointed to any public office shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: Provided, That they renounce their oath of allegiance to the country where they took that oath;

(4) Those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the proper authority for a license or permit to engage in such practice; and

(5) That right to vote or be elected or appointed to any public office in the Philippines cannot be exercised by, or extended to, those who:

(a) are candidates for or are occupying any public office in the country of which they are naturalized citizens; and/or

(b) are in active service as commissioned or non-commissioned officers in the armed forces of the country which they are naturalized citizens.

Section 6. Separability Clause – If any section or provision of this Act is held unconstitutional or invalid, any other section or provision not affected thereby shall remain valid and effective.

Section 7. Repealing Clause – All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Section 8. Effectivity Clause – This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or two (2) newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,

FRANKLIN DRILON
President of the Senate
JOSE DE VENECIA JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives

This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2130 and House Bill No. 4720 was finally passed by the the House of Representatives and Senate on August 25, 2003 and August 26, 2003, respectively.

OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of Senate
ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary General
House of Represenatives

Approved: August 29, 2003

GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

Republic Act No. 9225 Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003

Congress of the Philippines
Twelfth Congress
Third Regular Session

Begun held in Metro Manila on Monday, the twenty-eighth day of July, two thousand three.

Republic Act No. 9225             August 29, 2003

AN ACT MAKING THE CITIZENSHIP OF PHILIPPINE CITIZENS WHO ACQUIRE FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP PERMANENT.
AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE COMMONWEALTH ACT. NO. 63, AS AMENDED AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippine Congress Assembled:

Section 1. Short Title – this act shall be known as the “Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003.”

Section 2. Declaration of Policy – It is hereby declared the policy of the State that all Philippine citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under the conditions of this Act.

Section 3. Retention of Philippine Citizenship – Any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, natural-born citizenship by reason of their naturalization as citizens of a foreign country are hereby deemed to have re-acquired Philippine citizenship upon taking the following oath of allegiance to the Republic:

“I _____________________, solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines and obey the laws and legal orders promulgated by the duly constituted authorities of the Philippines; and I hereby declare that I recognize and accept the supreme authority of the Philippines and will maintain true faith and allegiance thereto; and that I imposed this obligation upon myself voluntarily without mental reservation or purpose of evasion.”

Natural born citizens of the Philippines who, after the effectivity of this Act, become citizens of a foreign country shall retain their Philippine citizenship upon taking the aforesaid oath.

Section 4. Derivative Citizenship – The unmarried child, whether legitimate, illegitimate or adopted, below eighteen (18) years of age, of those who re-acquire Philippine citizenship upon effectivity of this Act shall be deemed citizenship of the Philippines.

Section 5. Civil and Political Rights and Liabilities – Those who retain or re-acquire Philippine citizenship under this Act shall enjoy full civil and political rights and be subject to all attendant liabilities and responsibilities under existing laws of the Philippines and the following conditions:

(1) Those intending to exercise their right of surffrage must Meet the requirements under Section 1, Article V of the Constitution, Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003” and other existing laws;

(2) Those seeking elective public in the Philippines shall meet the qualification for holding such public office as required by the Constitution and existing laws and, at the time of the filing of the certificate of candidacy, make a personal and sworn renunciation of any and all foreign citizenship before any public officer authorized to administer an oath;

(3) Those appointed to any public office shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: Provided, That they renounce their oath of allegiance to the country where they took that oath;

(4) Those intending to practice their profession in the Philippines shall apply with the proper authority for a license or permit to engage in such practice; and

(5) That right to vote or be elected or appointed to any public office in the Philippines cannot be exercised by, or extended to, those who:

(a) are candidates for or are occupying any public office in the country of which they are naturalized citizens; and/or

(b) are in active service as commissioned or non-commissioned officers in the armed forces of the country which they are naturalized citizens.

Section 6. Separability Clause – If any section or provision of this Act is held unconstitutional or invalid, any other section or provision not affected thereby shall remain valid and effective.

Section 7. Repealing Clause – All laws, decrees, orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

Section 8. Effectivity Clause – This Act shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or two (2) newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,

FRANKLIN DRILON
President of the Senate
JOSE DE VENECIA JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives

This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 2130 and House Bill No. 4720 was finally passed by the the House of Representatives and Senate on August 25, 2003 and August 26, 2003, respectively.

OSCAR G. YABES
Secretary of Senate
ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
Secretary General
House of Represenatives

Approved: August 29, 2003

GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Philippines

Checklist of Documentary Requirements for Petition for Retention/Re-Acquisition of Philippine Citizenship under R.A. 9225

(Former natural-born Philippine citizens
who acquired foreign citizenship by naturalization)

  1. Accomplished, verified petition/application form (BI Form 2014-01-005 Rev 1);
  2. Two (2) pieces 2×2 photograph with white background and must be taken within the last three months from the date of application;
  3. Two (2) original copies of Oath of Allegiance to be taken before an authorized Bureau of Immigration (BI) Legal Officer;
  4. If the Oath of Allegiance cannot be taken before an authorized BI Legal Officer, submit the following:
    a. Two (2) original copies of Oath of Allegiance taken before any person duly authorized to administer oath; AND
    b. Affidavit of justification/explanation stating the reason why the Oath of Allegiance was not taken before the said BI Legal Officer;
  5. ORIGINAL COPY of proof as natural-born Philippine citizen (e.g. Philippine Birth Certificate, cancelled Philippine passport (to be placed in an envelope), Voter’s Identification Card, Philippine Marriage Certificate indicating the Philippine citizenship of the petitioner) or any other Philippine-issued official document proving natural-born Philippine citizenship;
  6. Original and photocopy of valid foreign passport;
  7. Photocopy of Certificate of Naturalization or other naturalization documents, with English translation if written in other foreign language, or affidavit stating how and when foreign citizenship was acquired;
  8. For BI-Registered Aliens: (submit Affidavit of Loss if (a) and/or (b) are lost)
    a. Original ACR I-Card or Alien Certificate of Registration; and
    b. Original Immigrant Certificate of Residence (ICR) or Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitor (CRTV).
  9. In case of variance between the applicant’s name as appearing in his/her Birth Certificate or other documents to prove his/her being former natural-born Philippine citizen and his/her name in the foreign passport’s machine readable zone (MRZ) or biographical page or Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship or any document proving foreign citizenship, submit the following:
    a. Affidavit of One and the Same Person executed by the applicant acknowledging all obligations, responsibilities and liabilities under all names AND an explanation on the discrepancies, and
    b. Substantial proof on how the applicant acquired the varied name/s, such as but not limited to:
    i. Marriage Certificate;
    ii. Annotation in the passport or Birth Certificate of the varied name;
    iii. Judicial Decree of Change of Name, Adoption, Annulment or Declaration of Nullity of Marriage, and Divorce or equivalent document;
    iv. Annotation in the Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship of the varied name; or
    v. Philippine issued official document indicating the varying name/s.

CHECKLIST OF DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH DEPENDENT CHILD

  1. Accomplished Supplement for Dependent Form (BI Form 2014-01-006 Rev 1);
  2. Two (2) pieces 2×2 photograph with white background and must be taken within the last three months from the date of application;
  3. Photocopy of Birth Certificate of Dependent Child;
  4. Photocopy of valid foreign passport bio-page of Dependent Child; and
  5. For Dependent Child who are BI-Registered Aliens: (submit Affidavit of Loss executed by Principal if (a) and/or (b) are lost)
    a. Original ACR I-Card or Alien Certificate of Registration; and
    b. Original Immigrant Certificate of Residence (ICR) or Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitor (CRTV).

Supplement for Dependent Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship

I, ________________________________________________________________, _ years of age, a citizen of ___________________________ and a resident of ____________________________________________ with contact number _____, after being sworn to in accordance with law, hereby declare under oath that:

  1. I am the petitioner in the above Petition for Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship under Republic Act No. 9225;
  2. I am including in my petition my unmarried child below eighteen (18) years of age pursuant to Section 4 of R.A. 9225, to wit:

Name :_______________________________________________________________________________________________
[as appearing in the Birth Certificate]
Also known as:______________________________________________________________________________________
[as appearing in the foreign passport]
Date of Birth: ________________________ Age: ______________________ Gender: ______________________
Place of Birth: ______________________________ Civil Status: __________________________________________
Nationality: _________________________________ Valid Passport No.: _________________________________
Date of Issuance: __________________________ Place of Issuance: ___________________________________
Father’s Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Mother’s Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________

  1. I surrender for cancellation his/her original Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)
    No. ___________ and Immigrant Certificate of Residence/ Certificate of Residence for
    Temporary Visitors (ICR/CRTV) No. ______________________________.


__________________________________________________
(Signature over Printed Name of the Petitioner)

Petition Form for Retention / Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship Under R.A. 9225

I, ___________________________, also known as ______________________________________, years of age __________________, male/female, am single/widowed/divorced/annulled/separated/married to __________________________. I, a citizen of ___________ and resident of _______________, with contact number __________________, after being sworn to in accordance with law, hereby declare under oath that:

I am a former natural-born Philippine citizen, born on _______________________ at __________________ to _______________________, _________________________ citizen by birth/election/marriage/naturalization, who was married/not married to _______________________________________________________________________, ______________________________________________ citizen by birth/election/marriage/naturalization;

I lost my Philippine citizenship when I became a citizen of ______________________ on ______________. Presently, I am a holder of a valid _________________ passport with number _________________________ issued on _____________________ at _________________________________;

I took my Oath of Allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines on ______________________________
at __________________________________________;
(If the petitioner is a registered alien with the Bureau of Immigration):

I surrender for cancellation my original Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR)
no. ________________________ and/or Immigrant Certificate of Residence/Certificate of Residence for Temporary Visitors (ICR/CRTV) no. ____________________________________;

(If with Dependent/s):
Included in this petition is/are my unmarried child/ren below eighteen (18) years of age, namely:

Name Gender Date of Birth Age
[DD-MMM-YYYY e.g. 01 JAN 1990]

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(Please use BI Form 2014-01-006 Rev 0 for each dependent to be attached to this petition.)

WHEREFORE, it is prayed that this petition for Retention and/or Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship under Republic Act No. 9225 be GRANTED.

__________________________________________
Signature over Printed Name

________________________________________
Date [ DD-MM-YYYY e.g. 01 JAN 1990]


VERIFICATION

I certify under oath that the above statements are true and correct to my own personal knowledge, and based on authentic documents in my possession.

___________________________________________
Applicant’s Signature over Printed Name