Background

In compliance with Office Order No. 184 s. 2010 of the University President dated 12 October 2010 entitled “Creating the Office of Legal Affairs and Adjudication” which enumerates the Scope of Work and Authority of the office and which explicitly includes “to oversee and coordinate the Legal Clinic and Internship Program of the University’s School of Law”, the PSU Developmental Legal Center will be created.

Aim
The PSU Developmental Legal Center aims to be a legal center which will provide legal assistance to the community and will offer an internship program to the University’s law students.

Vision
The PSU Developmental Legal Center envisions inspiring and promoting the conscientization of the marginalized towards fighting injustice and oppression.

Scope
The services of the PSU Developmental Legal Center will range from legal services, consultation, litigation, legal and psychological counseling, advocacy, legal training and public information. It will directly involve law students of the University’s School of Law as paralegals to be supervised by lawyers.

Focus

Legal Assistance:

  1. Women and Children who suffered from violence, discrimination and the like
  2. Indigenous People who are not aware of their human, property and ancestral rights
  3. Small farmers and fisher folks on issues on ancestral lands, land tenures and fishing rights

Internship Program:
The legal center will offer internship program to the law students of the University’s School of Law. It will serve as an avenue for their on-the-job training as paralegals.

As a supplementary focal point, the Legal Center will also conduct awareness campaigns on the matters concerning legal rights of women, children and indigenous people

Other Information
The PSU Developmental Legal Center will be a collaboration of the PSU Office of Legal Affairs and Adjudication as the head overseer, the PSU School of Law, the City Government of Puerto Princesa and other civic organizations.

The PSU Developmental Legal Center will be guided by the RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, RA 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997, RA 8550 or the Fisheries Code of 1998, RA 6657 or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law of 1988 and Bar Matter No. 730 or the Supreme Court Resolution in matter of the appearances of law students before the court under the Law Student Practice Rule (Rule 138-A)

The PSU Developmental Legal Center will be headed by Atty. Joselito C. Alisuag, the Director of the Office of Legal Affairs and Adjudication.