Is There An Apostille in Philippines?
One issue we experience in law practice, inclusive of in situations for acceptance of foreign divorce decrees, it’s the problems in protecting verified copies of the divorce rule and other related certificates. Validating documents is a long process and expensive one. Good news! The DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) lately just mentioned that Philippines has already accepted to the Apostille Convention eliminating process in validating documents. As stated by the DFA.
With the Apostille Convetion, from the Apostille public foreign documents-contracting foreign countries, must to be legitimize in what state they come from through PE (Philippine Embassies) and Consulates General to be accepted in the country.
Public documents in Philippines will must not go through foreign policy or consular legitimization to be able to use in other countries that is accepting Apostille service.
“The DFA takes pride in leading methods to smooth-running and simplify procedures and services of the Filipino people, which is the spirit of succession to the Apostille Convention,” said Alan Peter S. Cayetano (Foreign Affairs Secretary) .
“The Apostille Convention decrease the process for the use of foreign public documents, which will be easier cross-border trade, investment and other important matters. This is specifically helpful Filipino people who is working from other countries, who also need and show public documents from the Philippines in the countries were they came from,” Secretary of Foreign Affairs discussed.
Based on the last update Sept. 12, 2018, there are 117 contracting parties to the Convention (the term Contracting Party “includes the two cases which the Convention has, and cases in which the Convention haven’t yet, joined into force for that Party following the deposit of its tool of agreement, accession, or approval”
The contracting parties includes: Asia countries, Europe countries, Africa, South America, North America, Australia/Oceania and Antarctica.
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