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Netizens react to OVP partnering up with PAO to provide free legal services

DailypediaNovember 18, 2022

Following the signing of an agreement on Wednesday with the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the Department of Labor and Employment, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is now able to provide free legal aid and employment opportunities (DOLE).

Sara Duterte, who is also the Secretary of Education, noted that the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is focused on “peace and entrepreneurship.” However, some of the issues that the OVP and its satellite offices have been receiving are not aligned with the priorities that were stated.

According to the Vice President, they look for partners like DOLE to serve those who are in need of emergency employment; and PAO for those who seek legal assistance.

She shared, “Iba’t iba iyong mga nakukuha namin na mga concerns ng mga tao. And karamihan noon ay mga concerns na dapat idulog o i-refer sa iba pang mga national government offices. Iyon ang direksyon namin.”

According to the head of the PAO, Persida Acosta, her agency is able to deploy lawyers to satellite offices of the OVP located around the country.

Acosta said, “Ang ating inaasahan ay lalong maaabot ng mahihirap sa mga dalampasigan, kabundukan at mga baybayin ang mga legal aid, pagpunta sa korte, panghingi ng hustisya.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will provide assistance through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program, according to Undersecretary of Labor Felipe Egargo Jr. This program provides displaced workers with temporary jobs while they look for permanent employment.

The undersecretary explained, “Sila (OVP) po ang magbibigay ng beneficiaries sa iba-ibang rehiyon ng ating bansa. At kami naman po ang magbibigay ng pasahod doon sa mga mae-employ na mga workers.”

According to Egargo, the number of workers varies greatly depending on the needs of a specific municipality or region.

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