Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Philippines.
Although not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, the Philippines allows the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in the Philippines:
In our latest video in the International Deposition Tips series, Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling, guides you through taking a deposition in the Philippines. If you need to organize a deposition in the Philippines, this video has amazing insider knowledge and is a great way to get started.
Planning a deposition in Philippines can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. With all the rules and regulations it is easy to get lost in the mix. But have no fear! At Optima Juris we have been successfully organizing depositions in Philippines for the past 15 years
The Philippines uses the Philippine Peso (₱). For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).
For the latest weather information in cities throughout the Philippines visit weather.com.
There is no obligation to tip in the Philippines. However, some establishments already incorporate a 'Service Charge' or you may tip independently. If you intend to tip and there is no service charge multiply your total bill (minus any VAT) by 10% or you can just give around P50 depending on the quality of service. Overall, tipping is usually not expected so the staff are not offended when you do not give a tip. Do not feel pressured to leave a tip if the service was poor. The Philippines was traditionally a non tipping culture but tipping is increasingly common among the local population.
Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in the Philippines here: timeanddate.com/holidays/philippines/.
Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to the Philippines. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Philippines country page or contact the Philippine Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.
MANILA, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, MNL
DAVAO, Francisco Bangoy International Airport, DVO
CEBU, Mactan-Cebu International Airport, CEB
ZAMBOANGA, Zamboanga International Airport, ZAM
Bacolod, Bacolod-Silay International Airport, BCD