December 8, 2023

The municipality of La Trinidad conducted a free legal service aid in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Baguio-Benguet Chapter to address the legal needs of residents in celebration of the 72nd Foundation Day of the municipality.

The service is in cooperation with the Public Attorney’s Office Baguio and Benguet and partner law schools Cordillera Career Development College, Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and the University of Cordilleras.

Services include preparation and notarization of simple affidavits, legal counseling, and rights awareness.

“We believe it is also important to effectively inform the population about their rights, procedure and the proper way of doing things because majority of their concerns include being misinformed about the procedure of those legal concerns. Our main goal is to provide legal aid to those who need it and bring the service out instead of people going to PAO and other offices,” said IBP-BB Chapter president Jose Molintas

Mayor Romeo Salda said the legal aid is welcome to La Trinidad residents especially for those who need legal advice like students, those with family and land problems.

“Since all have been affected by the pandemic, talaga nga awan pangalan da (financial capability) so ada daytoy nga legal aid, we have the IBP to share bits of advice,” he added.

Cleevimae Oyan, a student who availed of the free legal service, said it is a big help for one who struggles financially and who does not know a lawyer to ask for legal advice.

Notarizations and advice on problems on legal certificates such as birth, death, and marriage were the most common assistance served during the free legal service.

Molintas said as part of the continuing partnership, they plan to reach out to more residents. – Ezra James Felix