Caritas PH launches virtual legal counselling for workers

Caritas PH launches virtual legal counselling for workers

By Mariel Celine L. Serquiña

May 1, 2021

Manila, Philippines

On Labor Day, the Catholic Church’s social action arm announced an online legal consultation service for workers and labor issues.

Caritas Philippines said the two-hour free legal consultation service will be live-streamed on its Facebook page at the last Friday of every month at 8pm.

Atty. Jehn Louie Velandrez, Caritas legal officer, said the initiative is one way of honoring and “giving back” to Filipino workers.

“There are plenty of workers needing legal assistance and counseling support, and we are hoping that the online program will be accessible to everyone,” Velandrez said.

The national Caritas is also in talks with the labor department and other agencies to provide livelihood opportunities to people, especially those who lose their jobs due to the pandemic.

“[We want] to tap state resources and technical support not only for job generation but also to create community social enterprises which are more sustainable and empowering,” said its director Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo.

“We owe it to our [Filipino] workers and frontliners even the minimum thread of comfort and safety that we have at a time of the pandemic,” he said.

Over the last decade, Caritas, with the Social Action Network, was able to establish and support of more than 200 community social enterprises in the country.

It said the program used the self-help group approach to community organizing and savings mobilization, which now generate a combined income and savings of over P40 million.

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