The Philippines continues to rise in ease of doing business rankings as a result of our government’s commitment to streamlining business processes. We passed legislation to increase transparency and promote honesty in service delivery. We have reduced red tape in service transactions, making setting up a base in the Philippines a remarkably efficient process.
The Philippines is governed by a civil law system that operates across corporate law, taxation, insurance and labour relations.
In the Philippines, legal documents must be certified by an official notary public. Notary publics are qualified lawyers who notarize a document to prove that they have verified the personal appearance of the signatories of legal documents. The Philippines is a signatory to the Apostille Convention, making your official documents legitimate to use abroad.
The Philippines embraces a pro-arbitration position. If you find yourself in a legal dispute you can avoid lengthy litigation and resolve commercial disputes through arbitration.
We follow a legal framework designed by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. As a result, the arbitral process is simple, reflects a global consensus and covers all aspects of the arbitral process – from the arbitration agreement, the composition and jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal and the extent of court intervention, through to the recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award.