Legal service beyond borders

BARELY a week after they pledged commitment as volunteers for the Legal Aid Warriors (LAW) project, eight lawyers from Davao City flew to Hongkong and gave legal aid services to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) on October 7 to 8, 2017.

THE LEGAL Aid Warriors on their legal service beyond borders mission in Hong Kong.

THE LEGAL Aid Warriors on their legal service beyond borders mission in Hong Kong.

Dubbed as “Idulog Mo Kay Atorni” and organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) – Central Luzon, the legal aid clinic for Hongkong OFWs is now on its fifth year. The IBP – Davao City Chapter joined the project through IBP – Eastern Mindanao Region with immediate past Governor Caesar Europa and Davao City Chapter President Rogelio Largo as heads of delegation.

“I accepted the invitation to learn the process of conducting a legal aid abroad, in preparation for Davao City’s legal aid to Singapore in January next year,” Largo said. It was a pleasant surprise that other officers and volunteer warriors decided to join, not only to observe but to actually serve, he added.

THE REUNION of Rogelio Largo and Danilo Balucos with client kababayans will not be complete without a photo ops at Jesus Reigns Ministry in Hongkong, who want to make it their facebook’s cover photos.

THE REUNION of Rogelio Largo and Danilo Balucos with client kababayans will not be complete without a photo ops at Jesus Reigns Ministry in Hongkong, who want to make it their facebook’s cover photos.

Other Davao City officers who served in the HK legal aid aside from Europa and Largo were Secretary Eleanor dela Peńa; PRO Aiza Mae Kanda; Directors Kenneth Dabi, Irvin Sagarino, Marie Kristine Reginio; and Special Assistant to the President Danilo Balucos.

“It was very touching to receive sincere appreciations from our kababayans for our simple pieces of advice and opinion on their various legal concerns,” Dabi said.

For Reginio, the reality the OFWs face in Hong Kong was far different from the perception of their families in the Philippines. She cited the alienation between mother and their children which has eroded family relations as one of the painful consequence of Filipinos working abroad.

DISOBEYING basic journalism rule on no firing squad photo, Davao City lawyers (L – R) Aiza Mae Kanda, Irvin Sagarino, Kenneth Dabi, Eleanor dela Peńa, Caesar Europa, Rogelio Largo, Marie Kristine Reginio and Danilo Balucos lined up for a photo with IBP Central Luzon Immediate Past Governor  Jose de la Rama Jr. and Philippine Consul General in Hongkong Bernardita Catalla (fifth and sixth from left).

DISOBEYING basic journalism rule on no firing squad photo, Davao City lawyers (L – R) Aiza Mae Kanda, Irvin Sagarino, Kenneth Dabi, Eleanor dela Peńa, Caesar Europa, Rogelio Largo, Marie Kristine Reginio and Danilo Balucos lined up for a photo with IBP Central Luzon Immediate Past Governor Jose de la Rama Jr. and Philippine Consul General in Hongkong Bernardita Catalla (fifth and sixth from left).

Formally launched during the Gala Night with President Rodrigo Duterte on last September 30, IBP – Davao City’s centerpiece LAW project involves volunteer lawyers who handle pro bono cases for indigent litigants.

“With the invaluable lessons we gained from Hongkong, we are ready for our Singapore legal aid next year and will further enhance the giving of the same services here in Davao City,” Largo concluded.

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