February 23rd, 2017 | by Balaod Mindanaw
Through its works and partnerships with the basic sectors, BALAOD Mindanaw is able to identify gaps and obstacles in our justice system that make it difficult, if not impossible, for the poor and the marginalized to have equitable access to justice and resources.
Hence, apart from building the knowledge and capacities of the marginalized communities in the processes of the justice system, BALAOD also tries to work with different stakeholders in its advocacy for an enhanced system of accessing justice and resources for all, especially by the poor and marginalized through policy and procedural reforms. For instance, it works with government agencies that are involved in the prosecution of women and child offenders in pushing for a more expeditious manner of litigation while creating a more child-friendly environment conducive to growth and development. It also works with the judiciary, through its nationwide network of legal resource organizations that are involved in environment protection, for improvements in the litigation of environmental cases.
At present, as a member of the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), a coalition of 23 legal resource organizations throughout the Philippines that adhere to the principles and values of alternative or developmental law, BALAOD Mindanaw is also involved in a special project entitled “Hustisya Natin,” which seeks to enhance the integrity of the justice system through increased accountability and transparency, and improved performance of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.
Consistent with the values and principles of paralegalism and alternative law, BALAOD does this by strengthening the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to exercise oversight of performance of judicial and quasi-judicial bodies; improving the CSOs’ capacities to create a national system of monitoring performance; and in strengthening the CSOs’ capacities to effectively participate in judicial reforms efforts.