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Dumaguete 911 Planning Continues

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“We started from a few but then it evolved into a complex [disaster response unit],” says Emmanuel Jaldon, Chief Operating Officer of the Central 911 in Davao City. According to Jaldon, the Central 911 started as a public/private initiative at first which is the same thing Salonga Center wants to achieve for Dumaguete City by partnering with non-government and local government representatives. “[We] want to create a government-based call center, but responders can [also] be non-government,” says Salonga Center Director and College of Law Dean, Atty. Mikhail Maxino. Since covering the whole province would be too huge for now, the proposed 911 is planned to cover Dumaguete City and nearby cities and municipalities. How 911 works According to Jaldon, the Central 911 has two response levels: 1) the “business as usual” response which includes medical cases and accidents and 2) the disaster category response which includes natural calamities. In the…

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Seminar on Law and Philippine Elections

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Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) conducted a seminar on Law and Philippine Elections last November 23, 2015. Miss Tin Borja, a LENTE volunteer discussed on Election Laws (Omnibus Election Code, Fair Election Act, Synchronized Election Law of 1987, Revised Automated Election Law, Accessible Polling Place Act, Mandatory Biometrics Law, and Voter Registraton Act), Election Issues, Role of LENTE in Philippine Elections and How Law Students Figure in Such Role. Participants from different barangays of Dumaguete City, selected Foundation University students and faculty, Silliman University Law students and Salonga Center volunteers came with the presence of Atty. Karissa Faye Tolentino and Silliman University College of Law Dean, Atty. M. Mikhail Lee L. Maxino.

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Silliman Law Wins Best Prosecution Memorial

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A duo from Silliman University College of Law made it to the semifinals of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) National Moot Court Competition held October 19 to 23 at Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. Juris Doctor majors Maria Carmela Caupayan and Darrel Winthrop Torres took on a fictional case, “Prosecutor vs. General Hassam Amir,” in a simulated International Criminal Court proceeding. They fulfilled in separate rounds both roles of prosecution and defense in the case that charged General Amir with the war crimes of 1) rape, 2) intentionally directing attacks against personnel, installations, material, units or vehicles involved in a peacekeeping mission, and 3) killing or wounding treacherously a combatant adversary under the Rome Statute to which the Philippines is a party. While unable to break to the championship round, the team received the Best Prosecution Memorial, an award given to the team whose pleading earned the highest…

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Salonga Center initiates 911 for province

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Last October 28, 2015, the Silliman University Salonga Center along with different agencies discussed the possibility of using 911 as the main emergency number for Negros Oriental. ‘Call 911’ initiated by Salonga Center The Salonga Center for Law & Development, along with different agencies, is recommending the use of the international code “911” as the main emergency number for Negros Oriental. The idea was inspired by Davao City’s Central Communications & Emergency Response Center. In his visit to Dumaguete in February, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said 9-1-1 should be the numbers to call in case of emergency because it’s the code that comes to memory worldwide. 9-1-1 is the emergency telephone number for the North American Numbering Plan, intended for use in emergency circumstances only.In over 98 percent of locations in the US and Canada, dialing 9-1-1 from any telephone will link the caller to an emergency dispatch center called...
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SU College of Law and Salonga Center welcome Dr. Jay Batongbacal

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Dr. Batongbacal delivered a special lecture entitled “Chinese Historical Claims to the South China Sea: Maps and Musings” during the 37th Annual Conference of the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao (UGAT) and 7th National Conference of the Philippine Geographical Society (PGS) hosted by Silliman University. Dr. Batongbacal is an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law and director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. He is on leave and affiliated with the East West Center in Washington as a U.S.-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Visiting Scholar doing research on evolving US maritime security policies and their impact on the resort to international arbitration and the Rule of Law in the South China Sea disputes. source:http://amti.csis.org/author/jbatongbacal/

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Indignation March

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Silliman University College of Law Students and Salonga Center Volunteers marched with the bereaved family members of the late Atty. Ramon Elesteria, Atty. Archer Baldwin Martinez, Atty. Manolo Zerna, Atty. Eliezer Casipong and Judge Orlando Velasco who were victims of murder.

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Arizona State U Law Students Speak on Gender-Based Violence

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The Dr. Jovito V. Salonga Center for Law and Development (SCLD) of Silliman University are hosting in a series of activities aimed at eliminating gender-based violence two students from the Arizona State University (ASU) Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Krystele Fernandez and Felicia Cantrell (second and third from left, respectively) are at Silliman as part of their exposure trip to the judiciary and the law academe of the Philippines. On July 11, they will give a presentation on laws affecting women and children at a seminar at the Silliman University College of Law which is jointly coordinated by the Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE). A few days after that, they will also interface on issues such as human trafficking with other law students and advocates representing cause-oriented non-government organizations in Negros Oriental. Krystele and Felicia are flanked in the photo by Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino, Dean of…

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Sibulan Sangguniang Bayan thanks Salonga Center

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Last June 27, 2011, the Municipal Council (Sangguniang Bayan) of Sibulan, Negros Oriental passed a resolution expressing its heartfelt and sincerest thanks and gratitude to the Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development for its continued support and assistance to the municipality. Resolution No. 11-155 cited the Center’s support in the fine-tuning of the proposed Gender and Development (GAD) Code of Sibulan and the Regulatory Ordinance on Entertainment Bars. It may be recalled that the Center extended its assistance to the Sangguniang Bayan by submitting its comments and recommendations on the two ordinances. The said resolution was unanimously approved by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan who were present. Below is the full text of Resolution No. 11-155:

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Salonga Center and GWAVE Conduct Seminars for Barangays

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Last May 17-19, 2011, Office of the City Legal Assistance Service in cooperation with the Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development and the Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE) conducted a 3-day seminar to the different lupon members, barangay secretaries and kagawad members coming from a total of 30 local government units in Dumaguete City. The first day gathered 32 participants from barangays Poblacion 1 to 8, and Bajumpandan. the second day, 36 participants joined from barangay Balugo, Banilad, Bantayan, Bunao, Cadawinonan, Calindagan, Camanjac, Candau-ay, Cantil-e and on May 19, another 36 participants from Daro, Junob, Looc, Mangnao, Piapi, Pulantubig, Tabuc Tubig, Taclobo, and Talay. The participants were welcomed by the Salonga Center Director, Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio. The seminar focused on the provisions of Republic Act 9262, also known as An Act Defining Violence against Women and Their Children, Providing for Protective Measures for Victims, Prescribing Penalties…

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