Government - Departments - Office of the Provincial Legal Officer

VISION:

Be in front line of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and aftermath of man-made or natural disasters and calamities.

MISSION:

The office aims to conduct prompt and accurate legal research and investigation for the Office of the Governor and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in carrying out the delivery of basic services and facilities as provided for by Section 17 Republic Act 7160.

FUNCTIONS:

• Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the Governor, implement the same particularly those which the Governor is empowered to provide under the Local Governance Code;
• Recommend measures to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and advise the Governor on all matters related to upholding the rule of law;
• Represent the province in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the province or any officer thereof, in his official capacity, is a party; Provided that, in actions or proceedings where component city or municipality, a special legal officer may be employed to represent the adverse party;
• When required by the Governor, draft ordinance, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments, involving any interest of the province; and provide comments and recommendations on any instruments already drawn;
• Render his opinion in writing on any suggestion of law when requested to do so by the Governor or Sanggunian;
• Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or exercising any public privilege for failure to comply with any term or condition in the grant of such franchise or privilege, and recommending appropriate action to the Governor or Sanggunian;
• When directed by the Governor or Sanggunian, initiate and prosecute in the interest of the province, any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof; review and submit recommendations on ordinance approved and executive orders issued by component units; and
• Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

• Provide legal assistance and support;
• Draft legal documents, bonds, leases and other contracts;
• Investigate administrative matters; and
• Render legal opinions/comments on question of law and on the legality of municipality resolutions and ordinances.