Monday, 16 May 2011 13:42
DIPOLOG CITY - An orientation on the Justice on Wheels (JOW) program was recently conducted here by the Supreme Court (SC) with barangay officials and court employees as participants.
Topics discussed included the Barangay Protection Order (BPO) that comes along Republic Act (RA) 9262, a law that protects the rights of women and children, RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Act, RA 9208 or the Anti-trafficking of Persons Act, Rules and Procedures for Small Claims Cases, and Environmental Protection and Preservation.
The resource speakers were Prosecutor Elisa R. Sarmiento-Flores of Muntinlupa City, SC Deputy Court Administrator Nimfa Cuesta-Vilches and Atty. Asis G. Perez, in-country US representative of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
JOW program started during the time of Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. in 2004 aimed at reaching out to poor Filipinos and expediting litigation of cases. It is patterned after the mobile court introduced by the Guatemalan government which seeks to provide the people in remote areas with adequate and inexpensive access to justice.
Chief Justices Artemio Panganiban and Renato Puno pursued the project and even expanded its coverage to medical and dental missions, legal assistance, and information dissemination and training to barangay officials and law students on court mediation. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)
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