MANILA – Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta on Thursday said the 400 stations of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) throughout the country remain on call to assist indigent litigants in need of legal assistance during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) ordered by the government amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) global pandemic.
In an online video message sent out through social media, Acosta said the agency may be contacted at its hotline 0919-262-5190.
She explained that to comply with the Palace directive to practice social distancing, PAO lawyers and staff have been authorized to work from home but are required to assist litigants who seek their assistance in the posting of bail and filing of urgent motions.
“If we do not do this, there will still be lines of people outside of PAO offices and fail to comply with the requirements of social distancing,” Acosta said, adding that PAO is a frontline government organization.
Acosta also assured that PAO accountants and finance officials are working to ensure that their lawyers continue to receive salaries during the public health emergency period. (PNA)