ATTY. MARK CHRISTOPHER A. BABOR DEPARTMENT HEAD
A dynamic office of dedicated staff providing legal assistance to the provincial government and its employees with integrity and social justice.
To conduct prompt & accurate legal assistance to the office of the Provincial Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to ensure effective delivery of basic services.
The legal officer, the chief legal counsel of the local government unit, shall take charge of the office of legal services and shall:
1. Formulate measures for the consideration of the sanggunian and provide legal assistance and support to the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities as provided for under Sec. 17 of this Code;
2. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor, as the case may be, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the governor or mayor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is empowered to provide for under this Code;
3. In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the legal officer shall:
i. Represent the local government unit in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the local government unit or any official thereof, in his official capacity, is a party: Provided, That, in actions or proceedings where a component city or municipality is a party adverse to the provincial government or to another component city or municipality, a special legal officer may be employed to represent the adverse party;
ii. When required by the governor, mayor or sanggunian, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments, involving any interest of the local government unit and provide comments and recommendations on any instrument already drawn;
iii. Render his opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the governor, mayor or sanggunian;
iv. Investigate or cause to be investigated any local official or employee for administrative neglect or misconduct in office, and recommend appropriate action to the governor, mayor or sanggunian, as the case may be;
v. Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or exercising any public privilege for failure to comply with any term or condition in the grant of such franchise or privilege, and recommending appropriate action to the governor, mayor or sanggunian, as the case may be;
vi. When directed by the governor, mayor, or sanggunian, initiate and prosecute in the interest of the local government unit concerned any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof; and
vii. Review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and execute orders issued by component units;
4. Recommend measures to the sanggunian and advise the governor or mayor as the case may be on all other matters related to upholding the rule of law;
5. Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters or calamities; and
6. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.
TOP 3 PRIORITIES AND PROGRAMS
1. Our commitment to provide every constituent of PGLDN equal access to justice and to ensure that no one is deprived of due process of law.
2. The PLO provides free legal services to indigent constituents of the province, and low cost legal aide to those who cannot afford to pay the regular lawyer’s fees.
3. Another Project of PLO is the Barangay Legal Awareness Program.
Project Description : This program is designed to provide to barrio folks the necessary awareness of their basic rights as individuals as well as their rights vis-à-vis the government unit they belong.
Goal : To educate all the barangay officials and constituents with its justice system as to provide the basic knowledge of the legal procedures available in criminal civil as well as administrative cases that they may be involved in or they may want to file in order to protect their rights granted under the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the 1991 Local Government Code.
Purpose : Implemented so that the Barangay Officials and constitutients will be fully aware of their rights and the laws affecting the barangay, thereby creating a venue for a better governance at the barangay level.