On February 20, 2022, MSU Law’s Iligan Extension Legal Aid Clinic – Sarimanok Virtual Law Clinic (IELAC-SVLC) conducted Free Legal Consultation and Notarial Services at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium of Brgy. Digkilaan, Iligan City. Prior to the legal outreach program, SVLC coordinated with the Local Government (LGU) of Iligan City through the Office of Councilor Jesse Rey Balanay, who personally went to Brgy. Digkilaan with the SVLC Law Student Practitioners to propose the event. The meeting and planning were attended by the Barangay Chairman of Brgy. Digkilaan, Hon. Michelle I. Malasado, and the Sangguniang Pambarangay members.
The Law Student Practitioners (LSPs) and members of SVLC, together with MSU Law’s Assistant Dean for Clinical Legal Education Program (CLEP) and SVLC’s supervising lawyer, Atty. Joanah Alinog-Disocor, went and took charge of the said endeavor. The SVLC team was welcomed by the Brgy. Chairman and Sangguniang Pambarangay in the venue where most of the clients were already settled. A program was conducted before the main activity followed by the registration of clients for documentation. Atty. Disocor expressed her gratitude to the LGU of Digkilaan and its residents for welcoming SLVC for the free legal services.
The LSPs were divided into three groups. Two were assigned for the Legal Consultation and Notarial Services. One team was also assigned to document the event and usher the clients. Brgy. Digkilaan is a rural area where the common livelihood of people are agriculture and mining. Hence, most of the legal queries were regarding land disputes like possession, sale, title, ownership, eviction, and partition. Many clients also availed for an Affidavit of Discrepancy from the notarial services. The program successfully concluded at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon and the team catered a total of 18 clients for both legal services.
At the end of every legal consultation, it’s a joy and satisfaction for every LSP to hear clients express their gratitude to SVLC for reaching out to them. Now they have answers to legal concerns they’ve held for months or even years since lawyers are inaccessible from their area. The LSPs have executed their roles well with the assistance of their untiring supervising lawyer, Atty. Disocor. The legal outreach was a very fitting event to celebrate SVLC’s first anniversary and the International Social Justice Day. Through these programs, SVLC and CLEP train law students to be holistic while materializing its legal literacy and empowerment advocacy.
News and Update by: Monifah A. Rendal, Contributor
Edited by: Gabriel Joseph M. Esporsado, Editor-in-chief