Why Should Documents Be Notarized

Why Should Documents Be Notarized?

A lot of life-changing eventssuch as buying a home, setting up a business, or bequeathing assets to another family memberrely on the authenticity of legal documents. 

Why Should Documents Be Notarized

In this regard, there are certain documents that are required by law to be notarized. Notarization has legal implications since it converts a private document into a public instrument. Under Philippine rules on evidence, once a document is notarized, this becomes proof of the document’s authenticity. Moreover, the Philippine public tends to rely on notarization as a source of legitimacy for their transactions even in cases where it is not required.

A notary public is a public official who witnesses the signing of these important documents and verifies the identity of the signatories, their willingness to sign the documents, and their knowledge of what is declared in these documents. 

Extended lockdowns, health risks, and continuously evolving travel policies have made it challenging to physically go to a notary public to have documents notarized. Fortunately, remote notarization is now possible with UNAWA RNotary.

RNotary is now available in Makati City for single signatory documents and will soon be rolled out in more cities across the Philippines. Rates start at Php500 and will vary depending on the type of document to be notarized. 

Visit the UNAWA RNotary website to create an account. Once logged in, simply follow the instructions to get your first document remote-notarized.

Notaries who want to be part of the service can email us to know more.

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Award-winning regtech startup UNAWA signs 5-year partnership deal with Taytay, Palawan LGU to revitalize local tourism

Pioneering regulatory tech (regtech) startup UNAWA and the local government of Taytay, Palawan have signed a Memorandum of Agreement which aims to revitalize local tourism through Pasaporte, an innovation powered by UNAWA’s Digital Transaction Hub, a suite of solutions that accelerate the digitization and signing/completion of important business documents. This digital suite includes UNAWA SafeForm, which allows the municipality to securely collect and digitize tourism data.

MOA Signing screenshot

The 26-page Pasaporte will be issued to visitors upon payment of the mandatory conservation and sustainable tourism fee (CSTF). It comes with a QR code, which will be scanned at each destination, as well as practical tourist information. To be launched by the last quarter of 2021, the regular Pasaporte is valid for one year while its VIP version is valid for five years.

“Data-driven policy formulation is essential to our thrust of sustainable and climate-resilient tourism development,” said Joie Matillano, Municipal Tourism Officer of Taytay, Palawan. “Pasaporte allows us to monitor tourism statistics in real-time, standardize CSTF collection and ensure its transparency, and minimize health risks.”

CSTF revenues will support the day-to-day operations of the municipal tourism office, environmental conservation efforts, capacity building initiatives for tourism stakeholders, and infrastructure development projects.  


Winner of Asian Development Bank challenge

UNAWA’s Digital Transaction Hub was one of the two winners of the Digital Against COVID-19 Hackathon organized by the Asian Development Bank last November 2020.

“Out of 149 participants who entered 47 solutions from 31 countries around the world, UNAWA made it to the Top 5—and eventually ended up as a winner—showcasing the impact of its Digital Transaction Hub in helping both local government units and MSMEs reopen and transact digitally, securely, and legitimately amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Attorney Monalisa Dimalanta, Chief Executive Officer of UNAWA.

“We’re staying true to our mission of accelerating ease of doing business and creating meaningful impact for our hard-hit sectors,” she added.


Taytay, Palawan: A bridge to new discoveries

Approximately 200 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City and an hour away from El Nido, Taytay (which originated from the word taytayan, or “bridge” in the Tagbanua language) is known for its pristine beaches, superb diving sites, stunning wildlife, and thrilling outdoor activities. It was one of the 12 finalists in the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards organized by World Travel & Tourism Council. The revitalization of its tourism industry is expected to boost the local economy, providing opportunities to local residents who would otherwise seek employment elsewhere.

Palawan’s Sagguniang Panlalawigan has already stated its intentions to implement the Pasaporte project across all municipalities in the province.