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30 October 2018, Paris—The third edition of the Magtanong kay Attorney, a free legal aid program conducted by the Philippine Embassy in Paris in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), held on 28 September 2019 to 1 October 2019 benefited about a hundred members of the Filipino community in France, majority of whom were women. Attorney Minerva M.B. Ambrosio, the National Director for Legal Aid of the IBP and Attorney Gemma Oquendo, the former Deputy Director of the National Center for Legal Aid of the IBP, rendered legal advice to Filipinos on topics ranging from family law to civil law, through face-to-face and online legal consultation.

The “Magtanong kay Attorney” program also included livestreamed discussions by Atty. Ambrosio and Atty. Oquendo on legal topics that concern our kababayans such as legal separation, nullity of marriage, adoption and purchasing condos and other real properties, among others. Part of the program also included a seminar for the Embassy personnel on two topics-- purchasing condominiums and civil status and legal instruments, presented by the two lawyers.

Expressing her full support for the program, Ambassador Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro said “The Embassy is aware that a number of Filipinos in France may be experiencing problems that need legal solutions. That is why, we ensured the implementation of the Magtanong Kay Attorney program to help our kababayans. We also note that in all editions of the program, majority of those who sought help were women. Thus, the project is also a way of promoting the Gender and Development (GAD) goals of the Embassy.”

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Atty. Ambrosio rendered legal advice related to Philippine family laws to a Filipina in Paris.

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Atty. Gemma Oquendo discussed via FB Messenger with a Filipino national, the proper legal steps to take regarding her case involving properties.

This is the third year that the Magtanong Kay Attorney Program was successfully conducted by the Philippine Embassy in Paris, in cooperation with the IBP and Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA). This activity is part of the Embassy’s thrust to empower Filipino women and in general, to help overseas Filipinos in France.

FLA Cert of Appreciation

Atty. Minerva Ambrosio and Atty. Gemma Oquendo received the certificate of appreciation from the Philippine Embassy in Paris for their legal expertise that contributed to the successful conduct of the Magtanong kay Attorney Program 2019.

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