December 22, 2022 @ 1:20 PM 2 months ago

PUBLIC Attorney’s Office chief Persida Rueda-Acosta has officially welcomed the 496 newly-hired lawyers as she dared them to give their best and never short-change their clients who are mostly indigents since it is a mandate entrusted to them.

The latest batch of new public lawyers recently took their oath before Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla who also told them to work hard and face the challenges.

“Never ever entertain the thought of short-changing our clients. We deliver the best to our clients and the public because we value them and the mandate that has been entrusted to us,” Acosta said.

“This is also the best way of giving honor to our calling – calling from heaven – as public attorneys and public servants, and of recognizing our clients’ rights, recognizing our collective efforts which have contributed greatly in making PAO as we know it today.”

Acosta was confident that the newly-hired public lawyers will start their job as defenders of the Filipino poor with enthusiasm.

“Our seal of excellence is made up of our legal services that are free and of good quality – with effective legal counseling and legal representation in courts and quasi-judicial bodies,” the PAO chief stressed.

She assured the new PAO lawyers, some 137 of them have passed the 2020-2021 bar exams, that the agency under her leadership will support them as long as they do their job well.

“PAO under my leadership will not abandon you, let us all do our job mandated to us that is extending legal assistance to the Filipinos particularly those underprivileged and indigent,” the PAO chief claimed.

For a start, PAO said the newly hired public lawyers can each can get a take-home pay of over P100,000 monthly with a Salary Grade 25.

“That is why PAO can easily attract new lawyers to be part of the agency because they would now have decent and high salary that could be even higher from those at private law firms,” she added.