A radio program providing free legal advices entitled “Legal Clinic” was officially launched by DYEM 96.7 Energy FM under its regular program “Dumaguete Tonight” last April 16 in cooperation with the Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development.
Three volunteers of the Salonga Law Center namely Jorge Christian Cabrido, Christy Ann Marie Cong and Ace Victor Risma with the supervision of its Director Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino together with the DYEM staff headed by its proprietor Mr. Ely Dejaresco participated in the launching of the program as well as in answering the listener’s legal questions and inquiries.
According to Dejaresco, the Legal Clinic will cater to the needs of the people particularly those who are marginalized and underprivileged in responding to their legal concerns. However, he stressed that the said program will only provide free legal advices but not to represent the matter in court.
Atty. Maxino also emphasized, “it is not just exclusive for Silliman University, law students from Foundation University and Negros Oriental State University are also invited to participate in the program”.
“The radio program is really intended for public service. On the students’ side, it is truly learning – service learning,” Atty. Maxino added.
In the meantime, the Salonga Center is conducting information campaign in preparation for the May 14 elections. With this, the Legal Clinic will also be its avenue towards educating and informing the public regarding election matters aside from providing legal advices.
“Every voter must be informed of his obligations because suffrage is not just an advantage, it is a right and a responsibility of every citizen,” Cabrido said.
The Legal Clinic will be regularly aired at the said radio station every Monday from 8 to 9 in the evening. Listeners can address their legal questions and inquiries via text message at 09198153945 or call at 422-5257/225-0848.
Moreover, the Salonga Law Center is located at the first floor of the Villareal Hall, Silliman University, Dumaguete City with phone number 422-6002 local 305/306 or e-mail address [email protected] For more information, visit its website at www.salongacenter.org.