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SC allows notarizations via videoconferencing

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Because of the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, the Supreme Court (SC) has allowed to have notarizations done through videoconferencing.

The SC announced that has approved the 2020 Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of Paper Documents which will take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or two newspapers with nationwide circulation.

Under the rules, the SC explained in a statement that it has allowed “the notarization of documents through videoconferencing in cases where the notary public holds office in an area under community quarantine.”

The high tribunal explained the move was made to safeguard the public’s health in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Until the SC directs otherwise, the Rules shall apply to permit the performance of notarial acts through the use of videoconferencing facilities in cases where the notary public or at least one of the principals resides, holds office, or is otherwise situated in a locality that is under community quarantine due to COVID-19, as directed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF), the provincial governors or mayors, both governors and mayors having the concurrence of the relevant regional counterpart body of the IATF,” it stated.

The SC said the rules ”shall be limited to the notarization of paper documents and instruments with handwritten signatures or marks through the use of videoconferencing facilities.”

Also, the high court said the rules “shall not apply to the execution of notarial wills.”

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