Senator Lito Lapid filed Senate Bill No. 1751 that establishes a National Legal Knowledge and Assistance System which will serve as an online repository of different Philippine laws, rules, and regulations to make them more accessible for all Filipinos.
The system will include the 1987 Constitution, Revised Corporation Code, National Internal Revenue Code, and the Labor Code. It will include readings on legal issues related to marriage and family relations, inheritance, violence against women and children, land titles and property registration, sales, loans, and mortgages.
It will also compile relevant treaties and international conventions, common legal forms, and pleadings, and definitions of terms and brief explanations of legal matters in simple English, Filipino, and other languages or dialects of common legal concepts, ideas, and terminologies.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will work together to establish and maintain the system. The bill also includes forming partnerships and agreements with relevant government agencies such as the National Library, Presidential Museum and Library, Senate and House of Representatives Library, Supreme Court Library, Office of the National Administrative Register of the UP Law Center, among others, to allow digitalized access to books, documents, and resources.
“Sabi nga nila, hirap ang taong walang alam sa batas. Kaya para masiguro nating maibibigay ang karapatan ng bawat Pilipino na magkaroon ng sapat na kaalaman kaugnay sa mga batas at iba pang alituntunin na pinaiiral sa ating bansa, dapat na may bukas na panggagalingan ang mga datos na ito,” Lapid explained in his statement.
“Gamit ang Information and Communications Technology o ICT, maaabot ang lahat ng ating kababayan saan mang sulok ng bansa o mundo, para may mabilis silang pagkukunan ng mga impormasyon kaugnay sa mga usaping legal,” he added.