ATTY. JAMES P. VERDUGUEZ

      Provincial Administrator

      OIC-Provincial Attorney

      Provincial Capitol Building

      Dipolog City

      Tel. # (065) 212 4838

OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL ATTORNEY

 

1.      FUNCTIONAL STATEMNT

1.      Formulate measures for the consideration of the sanggunian and province legal assistance and support to the governor in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities under the Local Government Code of 1991.

    1. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the governor, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the governor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is empowered to provide for under the Local Government Code of 1991.
    2. Represent the local government unit in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the local government unit or any official thereof in his official capacity, is a party: Provided, that, in actions or proceedings where a component city or municipality is a party adverse to the provincial government or to another component city or municipality, a special legal office may be employed to represent the adverse party.
    3. When required by the governor or sanggunian, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds leases and other instruments involving any interest of the local government unit and provide comments and recommendations on any instrument already drawn.
    4. Render opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the governor or sanggunian.
    5. Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or exercising any public privilege for failure to comply with any term or condition in the grant of such franchise on privilege and recommend appropriate action to the governor or sanggunian.
    6. Investigate or cause to be investigated any local official or employee for administrative neglect or misconduct in office and recommend appropriate action to the governor or sanggunian.
    7. When directed by the governor or sanggunian,  initiate and prosecute, in the interest of the local government unit concerned, any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof, and
    8. Review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and executive orders issued by component unit.
    9. Recommend measures to the sanggunian and advise the governor on all other matters related to upholding the rule of law.
    10. Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violation thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters and calamities; and
    11. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

1.      OBJECTIVES

To render legal services to the Province of Zamboanga del Norte