On May 1, Labor Day, Caritas Philippines announced the launching of an online legal consultation service for Filipino workers and labor issues.
The Catholic Church’s social action arm said the service will be a two-hour free legal consultation that will be live-streamed on their Facebook page every last Friday of the month at 8 pm.
Atty. Jehn Louie Velandrez, Caritas legal officer, said the initiative is the organization’s way of honoring the hard work and dedication of Filipino workers. (Read: Caritas PH Condemns Duterte for Lifting the Mining Ban)
“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.
Caritas Philippines is also working with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other agencies in providing livelihood opportunities to Filipino who lost their jobs amid 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 Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, director of Caritas Philippines
“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 added. (Read: Caritas PH Joins Pope Francis’ Call for COVID-19 Vaccine ‘for All’)
For the past ten years, Caritas Philippines has been providing support to more than 200 community social enterprises in the country. They have been working closely with their Social Action Network in making this possible.
As of writing, the program has now generated a combined income and savings of over P40 million. (Read: 3 Compelling Documentaries About the Lives of Pinoy Workers