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Senators approve expanding use of legal funds for distressed OFWs

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Feb. 26, 20 | 6:49 pm

Senators voted 21-0 in favor of a bill seeking to expand the use of a legal assistance fund for Filipinos.

The bill, if approved, is expected to benefit 10 million Filipinos abroad.

READ ALSO: P1-B fund could help boost legal assistance for OFWs— ACTS-OFW partylist

Senate Bill No. 1233 seeks to amend Section 26 of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, and expand the use of the Legal Assistance Fund (LeAF), which can be tapped by the government for OFWs facing any cases abroad.

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“It is only befitting that we call this fund the LeAF because it symbolizes hope for our distressed kababayans overseas. They need not look very far to seek assistance because our government will always be ready to lend a helping hand,” Senator Joel Villanueva said.

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Villanueva added that a total of P201.34 million is available for legal services for distressed OFWs in 2020.

The bill mandates the fund to be available at all times in case there is a need for overseas Filipino workers.

“It further clarifies that such assistance shall be given from the moment the case is initiated, or the proceeding is commenced, until its termination, promulgation, and execution. This assistance extends further to all appeals taken on these cases, thereby guaranteeing full and complete support to distressed Filipinos overseas,” he said.

The bill will include the coverage of other bonds aside from bail bonds required by foreign courts, tribunals, or other agencies.

The Philippine Embassy in different countries can also hire foreign lawyers for distressed Filipinos using the fund.

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