Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid has filed Senate Bill 1751 which proposes to create the National Legal Knowledge and Assistance System which shall serve as an online repository of different laws, rules and regulations in our country.
The bill mandates the Department of Justice (DOJ), in coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), to establish and maintain the system which will be accessible throughout the country.
The system, as envisioned in the bill, shall also contain relevant treaties and international conventions wherein the Philippines is a party; common legal forms and pleadings; and definition of terms and brief explanation of legal matters in simple English, Filipino and other vernacular languages or dialects of common legal concepts, ideas and terminologies kaugnay sa mga usaping legal (in relation to legal matters),’’ Lapid explained.
To foster universal access and understandability, translations into Filipino and other vernacular languages or dialects will also be made available in the system.
Aside from the 1987 Constitution, the system that will be created should contain the Revised Corporation Code, National Internal Revenue Code and Labor Code.
Filipinos shall also be able to access from the system readings on legal issues such as: marriage and family relations, inheritance, violence against women and children, land titles and property registration, sales, loans and mortgages.