The ordinance establishing the Provincial Legal Awareness Group (PLAG) has been signed by Gov. Joet Garcia.
Three weeks ago, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan presided by Vice Gov. Cris Garcia unanimously passed on third and final reading the ordinance during a regular session.
First District Board Member Tony Boy Roman authored and sponsored the ordinance.
“Naniniwala ang PLAG at Provincial Government na lamang ang may alam”, said Board Member Roman.
“Sa pamamagitan ng workshops, seminars, at forums ng PLAG, at sa tulong din ng iba pang ahensiya na pamahalaan at pribadong sektor, kasama rito ang Public Attorney’s Office, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, at law schools, mas mauunawaan ng mga mamamayan ang kanilang mga karapatan sa ilalim ng Saligang Batas at iba pang mahahalagang batas at ordinansya, at ang mga prosesong inilaan ng batas para protektahan ang kanilang mga karapatan”, he added.
“Pagtutuunan din ng pansin ang mga common legal problems ng mga mamamayan.
Sa pagkakaalam ko, Bataan lang ang may programang ganito sa buong Pilipinas. Muli, nangunguna ang Bataan”, the board member also said.
It is noted that some Bataenos are not qualified to avail any of the services offered by PAO due to the indigency test implemented by the agency and that pro bono service by by lawyers is merely encouraged and not required by the Supreme Court. PLAG will operated under Office of the Governor and will be headed by Provincial Legal Office.