UB LEGAL CENTER — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla leads the ribbon-cutting and blessing ceremony of the UB Legal Center. He was joined by UB President Javier Herminio Bautista, School of Law Dean John Ray Libiran, and DOJ Usecs. Raul Vasquez, Jose Cadiz Jr., and Clinical Legal Education Program Head Dane Agustin. — Redjie Melvic Cawis
The University of Baguio formally opened its legal assistance center with Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla attending the ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony of the facility on Sept. 8.
Joining the Secretary are DOJ undersecretaries Raul Vasquez and Jose Cadiz Jr., UB President Javier Herminio Bautista, and UB School of Law Dean John Ray Libiran.
Remulla congratulated UB for having a legal assistance center which he said is important in legal education.
He said it is important in helping the people of Baguio and other Filipinos who are in need of legal aid, especially those who cannot afford the price of legal services.
“In our country where there are 100 million Filipinos, many of our brethren cannot afford the price of legal services, that is why the concept of legal assistance, legal aid was born,” Remulla said in his message.
“The role of a legal assistance center is very important to all of us and it will become more important later on as the School of Law of the University of Baguio will become a bigger college, where it will be serving more years and it will be blazing a trail of legal traditions that will be followed here in Baguio,” Remulla said.
Remulla believes UB’s legal assistance center will continue to grow along with the School of Law.
For his part, Bautista said the center is very close to their hearts as it would serve the people in their own community. He said opening the center is the start of a legal clinic that will serve Baguio City and the nearby communities.
Apart from accessible and free legal service to those who cannot afford, Libiran added the center will also provide opportunities for UB law students to gain valuable experiences in legal practice while giving back to the community.
Upholding the mission “Serving the least, the lost, and the last,” legal services offered are administered by qualified law student practitioners who apply their legal knowledge under the Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) headed by lawyer Cherry Dane Agustin.
The CLEP is an essential educational approach and teaching method mandated by the Supreme Court and the Legal Education Board. This program has been developed with the aim of providing law students with practical knowledge and skills required to offer effective legal aid.
The services offered include legal advice, preparation of legal documents and pleadings, as well as assistance with the preparation and execution of affidavits, contracts and other simple documents. – Redjie M. Cawis