How To Get A Barangay Certificate Of Indigency Or Low Income In The Philippines

A Certificate of Indigency or a Certificate of Low Income is a document that are sometimes required by the Philippine government or a private institution as proof of an individual's financial situation. The certificate is often required to avail of government services (i.e. educational scholarships, medical assistance).

How and where to get the certificate
Th very first thing you should do is go to the barangay hall where you are a registered voter and request for a Certificate of Indigency or Certificate of Low Income. It's very important that you visit the barangay hall personally because the requirements often differ from one community to another. Ask the person in charge about the documents that you need to process before you can be given a certificate. The requirements needed vary from one barangay to another but these may include any of the following:

1. Barangay Certification / Barangay Certificate of Residency
2. Certificate of No Property from Municipal Assessor's Office
3. Certificate of No Business from the Municipal Treasury Office
4. Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
5. Assessment Report from the CSWDO or MSWDO

In short, aside from visiting your barangay hall for a request, you might also need to go to offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for proper assessment. The steps are often as follows: (1) Register. (2) Submit barangay certification of residency and indigency letter. (3) Receive certificate of indigency.

Here's the mostly used format as well as a sample of a barangay Certificate of Indigency / Certificate of Low Income:

Republic of the Philippines
Province of Benguet
Municipality of La Trinidad
Barangay Buyagan

To whom it may concern:

This is to certify that Juan dela Cruz, of legal age, single, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton and Benita dela Cruz, is a bonafide resident of barangay Buyagan, La Trinidad, Benguet. The said person is of good moral character, a law-abiding citizen, and an active member of the community.

Furthermore, Juan dela Cruz is also one of those who belong to a low income family. He has five siblings. The combined annual net income of his parents doesn't exceed fifty-thousand (50,000) pesos.

This certification is being issued upon the request of the above-named person for [identify here the purpose of the requester why he's getting a certificate of indigency].

Given this 3rd day of April 2017 at barangay Buyagan, La Trinidad, Benguet.

Renato Reyes
Barangay Captain/Punong Barangay