PCR, Keeping the Flame Burning

Posted on 2014/11/04

Palawan Cradle of Right’s (PCR) burning desire to empower the youth through basic legal education and human rights education has been continually aflame since it started on August 2013. PCR have persistently carried out programs and projects in line with its aspiration to make alternative or development lawyering accessible to everyone especially the youth, women and underprivileged sector.

In the current Philippine setting, the battle against anti-bullying is in its infancy. It was just on September 12, 2013, when Republic Act No. 10627, entitled “An Act Requiring All Elementary and Secondary Schools To Adopt Policies To Prevent And Address The Acts Of Bullying In Their Institutions” became a law. Under the said law, all elementary and secondary schools are required “to adopt policies to address the existence of bullying in their respective institutions.” Such policies shall be regularly updated and must include certain provisions as a minimum. One such provision is a prohibition on bullying in both school premises and in non school-related locations, if the act/s in question create a “hostile environment” at school for the victim, infringe on his rights or disrupt the educational process. A provision prohibiting retaliation against those who report bullying and through a system of anonymously reporting bullying acts is also required.

The “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013”, the law defines the act of bullying as “any severe or repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof” that is “directed at another student.” Furthermore, such use must have the effect of “actually causing or placing the latter in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm or damage to his property; creating a hostile environment at school for the other student; infringing on the rights of the other student at school; or materially and substantially disrupting the education process or the orderly operation of a school.”

This law is a refreshingly progressive piece of legislation finally up to date with current global trends. Seeing this as a important emerging law that needs to be strictly imposed and implemented among the grade schools and high schools students more particularly, PCR have tied partnerships with some schools in the City of Puerto Princesa to conduct an interactive lecture discussion primarily focusing on “Anti-Bullying Act of 2013”.

A series of lectures shall be held in San Carlos Elementary School, Inagawan Elementary School and Inagawan National Highschool on November 3, 4 and 5, 2014 respectively. These schools, particularly the Inagawan Elementary School and Inagawan National Highschool through their respective and dynamic school heads Mrs. Norma dela Cruz and Mrs. Emerita dela Cruz, and the school administration had given their commitments not only as to the Anti Bullying Act but to other legal education and human rights lecture discussion that PCR have continuously been conducting like the “Let’s Go Green” and “Bill of Rights”. Said lectures shall be organized and manned by the untiring members of PCR.

Palawan Cradle of Right strongly believes that through basic legal education and information drive in far flung areas such as the abovementioned schools, the interaction can serve as an effective way of an actual two-way learning and a mutual beneficial relationship between the law student members of PCR and the community people in general; the law students learn to defend and advocate individual right and the ordinary people learn their rights and responsibilities.


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Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo is the legal aid center of Liceo de Cagayan University, a privately owned university based in Cagayan de oro City. The group is composed of law students, alumni of the College of Law of the University, and lawyers who are passionate in the practice of alternative lawyering. LiLAC is guided by its vision of a holistic formation of law students committed to the transformation of society by promoting justice, empowerment, unity and peace, through helping the marginalized sector of the depressed areas here in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the world. While the group was registered only this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has been providing services to marginalized communities in partnership with NGOs for more than 8 years now. LiLAC has more than 50 members, 15 of whom are taking the active role of running the group’s activities.

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The Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic or Mindanao SULAC for brevity, is the Legal Aid Clinic of Mindanao State University College of law. It is the first and currently the only one of its kind to be established in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It strives to cater the legal needs of the underprivileged and/or indigent clients of the Region and to help promote the proper administration of justice as a key to lasting peace in the region and in the country as a whole.

Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
Contact details:
Email: mindanaosulac@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762



The Notre Dame university is a Catholic Institution in Cotabato City run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and member of the Notre Dame Educational Association Philippines.The Notre Dame University Legal Aid Center started sometime in 2009. Its members are the officially enrolled students of NDU-College of Law.

The following are the official pages and e-mail address of the group:
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email: ndulac@gmail.com


The Palawan Cradle of Rights is a unified composition of law students from Palawan State university school of Law, established last August 26, 2013 after the culminating activity of the Basic Orientation Seminar by the US Embassy in partnership with the MYVC.

Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.


The University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network (ULAN) is a non-stock, non-profit, and service institution of the University of Mindanao. As a service institution, it provides legal assistance, advocates human rights and social justice, and facilitates the formation of law students for alternative lawyering. It consists of law students and alumni of the College of Legal Education of the University of Mindanao committed to provide an adequate and greater access to justice of the community through its programs.


The CENTRO ADVOCACIA LEGAL is organized exclusively for charitable, socio-cultural and educational purposes, more specifically to serve the needs of the marginalized communities specifically children and youth and the minorities in Zamboanga City through Legal Aid Assistance and Human Rights Based Advocacies.