By Jeffrey Damicog
The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) is set to hand out relief goods to detainees affected by the enhanced community quarantine being implemented to curb the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
PAO Chief Persida Acosta said on Saturday, March 28, her office has begun packing the relief goods on Friday.
“Naghahanda pa kami para sa mga inmates affected by quarantine (We are currently preparing relief goods for inmates affeccted by quarantine),” Acosta said.
At the moment, Acosta refrained from announcing how many relief goods are being prepared and where these will be distributed.
Acosta said that PAO also distributed relief goods to its employees.
“Sa mga 300 PAO employees nakapamigay na. (We have distributed relief goods for 300 PAO employees),” she cited.
Last week, Acosta announced that PAO lawyers and staff nationwide will be working at home and will remain “on call” to provide legal assistance to the public.
“Tuloy tuloy po ang serbisyo (Our services will continue),” the PAO chief had said.
“Ang importante lang ngayon social distancing ay ma-implement natin (what’s important is we implement social distancing),” she pointed out.
Acosta said PAO lawyers can be contacted for those who need to post bail, those who need to file urgent motions, or those who have been arrested or jailed for violating the country’s lawful orders.