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Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act

The website of the Department of Foreign Affairs provides:

"An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document. It is issued by a country that is party to the Apostille Convention to be used in another country which is also a party to the Convention.

On 14 May 2019, the Philippines became a party to the Apostille Convention. Authentication is still required for all Philippine documents to be used abroad, but this time with an Apostille instead of an Authentication Certificate (“red ribbon”) as proof of authentication.

After authentication (Apostillization) by DFA-OCA, as Competent Authority, there is no more need for authentication (legalization) by the Embassies or Consulates except for non-Apostille countries and those that objected to the Philippine accession."

One of the requirements you should bring you to the Department of Foreign Affairs in order to apostille documents issued by a private entity such as a Certificate of Employment/ Trainings/ Seminars/ Baptismal Certificates, and Special Power of Attorney/Memorandum of Agreement Memorandum of Understanding/ any other form of Contract, Affidavit of Consent/Advice, Joint Affidavit, and similar documents is a Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA).

A CANA is a certificate of authority evidencing the authenticity of the official seal and signature of a notary public issued by the Executive Judge upon request.

This article does not constitute and is not intended to be legal advice. If you have any question or need any assistance in obtaining a Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA), please feel free to send us an email at


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