Ripples of Impact

“The best interpreter of law is custom,
the best interpreter of things is usage.”
— a legal maxim
Capacity Development for the Lupon members of the Katarungang Pambarangay in Brgy Liatimco, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. (Photo by ULAP; used with permission)

ACCESS to effective legal assistance and paralegal services has been a gnawing need of communities in the Caraga Region, which is touted as the mining capital of the Philippines. Marginalized communities, including Indigenous Peoples (IPs), have identified lack of effective legal and paralegal services as conflictive issues exacerbating contestations in access to natural resources in the region, in particular, and in the island of Mindanao, in general. Moreover, traditional legal assistance has been found wanting in meaningfully transforming conflicts experienced by communities in Caraga.

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