Liceo Legal Aid Center doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo --- this is the name of our legal aid center and if you may ask why it has a very long name? Let’s travel back to its wonderful journey so we’ll find out the answer …
2002, students (our alumni) of Liceo College of Law organized themselves to form a center for alternative lawyering; this marked the birth of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo. They joined several programs of different Non Government Organizations and other Association of Legal aid groups. Yes, their exemplary commitment to public service was the main key for their positive recognition to the community. However, due to inter-generation gap and unfavorable support from school administration, the group took a little step backward to give room for a deeper understanding of the concept of Alternative Lawyering. These alumni eventually graduated, furthered their respective careers and the organization became dormant.
It was 2011 when a group of brave souls reorganized to relive the advocacy of the center. It was a tough journey; there were limited financial resources, no office space, and some administrative, personal and other issues encountered by the group along the way. This was the biggest challenge of the transition, how to overcome those challenges. With the help of our advisers Fiscal Eldred Cole, Judge Jerlie Requerme and our alumni, we set directions for the betterment of our center. I joined the center 2013 and was thereafter installed as the ad hoc president.
February 2013 when the U.S. Embassy together with Mindanao Youth Volunteer Corps Inc. conducted a Basic Orientation Seminar here in Cagayan de Oro City. It stirred the innate sense of leadership in me. I was encouraged to get out of my shell and explore those possibilities of extending my arms to those who need the help of the center. There were tons of them; victims of human trafficking, violence against women, illegal recruitment, Indigenous people among others. From that day on, the organization started to spread its wings, to explore the areas where all these issues are blatant.
Our journey was difficult; the administration wants to change the name of the center, however, we want to retain it because we have been known under that name “CALL” which implies answering that certain “CALL” of service. But, name is really immaterial when one has a heart for public service and yes --- that is the start of our long name --- now, we are LiLAC, Liceo Legal Aid Center doing business under the name and style of center doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo as manifested in our SEC Registration issued April 2013.
We convinced our school administration to recognize us being the institution’s legal aid. We presented our advocacies and the benefits of having a legal aid to supplement our study of Law with practical use of those theories outside the realm of the four corners of our classrooms. Gladly, they honored the organization, provided us office space and supplies, and provided us funds which are useful tools in furthering our endeavors. We formally launched our center on August 2013 which was attended by several partner NGOs, school heads, IBP and FIDA representatives, and alumni who manifested full support to the center. We started to take off from there. We had partnerships with several NGOs, gave seminars and awareness programs, legal counselling to some clients and championed an internship and immersion program grant from the U.S Government with other school-based legal aid center across MinSUPALA region.
The members of LiLAC also participated “ALAY LAKAD FOR THE VICTIMS OF CDO BOMBING”, we used our campaign “We walk for Justice which was even featured in a local newspaper. This gave us the breakthrough to introduce our organization as well as our advocacies to our city; from then on we sponsored several forums like GENDER JUSTICE SEMINAR and Philippine Women Against Prostitution Seminar and Fun Run. Although it wasn’t BIG but I believe that as a starting organization like a flower ready to bloom, the center is now ready and equipped to blossom not just into a beautiful flower but a wonderful garden full of hope and enthusiasm to offer to the public.
We are not just ready to answer that certain “CALL” but we are as well ready to represent “LiLAC”, a flower that has the color resembling the justice system, a subtle flower that represents the vulnerable areas of the humanity: women, children, Indigenous People and the marginalized sector.
We are ready for the biggest challenges and we still stand firm to what we believe in ---FIAT JUSTICIA!!
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