2014-10-30

NPM 098-2014

Requesting Entity: Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)

Issues Concern: Section 23.2 Certification Requirement

 

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Whether an English translation of a foreign document accompanied by a certification that the same is accurate and issued by a notary public in the country where the document originated meets the certification requirement under Section 23.2.

The last sentence of Section 23.2 of the IRR of RA 9184 has now been amended and provides that the translation of eligibility requirements in English may now be done by any of the following: (1) the relevant foreign government agency, (2) the foreign government agency authorized to translate documents, or (3) a registered translator in the foreign bidder's country. Such translation must be authenticated by the appropriate Philippine foreign service establishment/post in the foreign country, or the equivalent office having jurisdiction over the foreign bidder's affairs in the Philippines.

Accordingly, applying Sections 23.2 and 24.2 of the IRR of RA 9184, as amended, the authentication by the appropriate Philippine foreign service establishment/post in the foreign country, or the equivalent office having jurisdiction over the foreign bidder's affairs in the Philippines of the translated documents in English shall suffice.