/ 17 August 2022

THE COLLEGE of Law of the West Visayas State University implemented a project to provide legal assistance to the poor in Iloilo City, especially abused women and children.

Dubbed as “E-Hustisya,” the project is led by the College of Law’s Center for Law Advocacy along with the Gender and Development Office and the Women and Children Protection Unit.

“Project E-Hustisya is a student-driven legal clinic with Atty. Ian Thomas M. Besana acting as their supervising lawyer. The cases of victims will be facilitated by the College of Law student lawyers through interviewing clients, preparations of documents to be filed in court, assisting a negotiation, and other legal assistance necessary,” WVSU said in a statement.

Besana, also the college’s Associate Dean, said the project started in Barangay Magsaysay and Montinola.

“Sa barangay level pa lang kung ma-resolve na siya hindi na mag file ng case… dahil ang mga korte ay puno ng mga kaso,” he said.

Besana added that the College of Law aims to apply for Level 2 Training to allow law students to appear in courts.

The United Nations and European Union had earlier granted P2 million to fund the project.

Project E-Hustisya can be accessed through email, social media channels or hotlines to be provided along with booklets to be distributed by the Center for Law Advocacy called Pakigbato 101.