7th Floor, Quezon City Hall Main Building
The City Legal Office serves as the chief legal counsel of the Quezon City Government and as the legal adviser of the City Mayor and other City Officials. By the passage of the Local Government Code of 1991 (R.A. 7160), the creation of City Legal Office finds legal basis under Section 481 of the Code.
* Formulate measures for the consideration of the City Council and provide legal assistance and support to the mayor in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities;
* Develop plans and strategies and, upon approval by the City Mayor, implement these, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the City Council is empowered to provide;
* In addition to the foregoing duties and functions, the legal officer shall:
- Represent the local government unit in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the local government unit or any of its officials, 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 officer may be employed to represent the adverse party;
- When required by the governor, mayor or the City Council, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments, involving any interest of the local government unit; and provide comments and recommendations on any instruments already drawn;
- Render his opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the City Mayor or City Council, as the case may be;
- Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise to comply with the term or condition in the grant or such franchise or privilege and recommend appropriate action to the City Mayor or City Council, as the case may be;
- Investigate or cause to be investigated any local official or employee for Administrative neglect or misconduct in office, and recommend appropriate action to the Mayor;
- When directed by the City Mayor, or City Council, 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
- Review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and executive orders issued by component units;
* Recommend measures to the City Council and advise the governor or mayor as the case may be on all other matters related to upholding the rule of law;
* Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disasters or calamities; and
* Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.
Section 1 of the Ordinance No. SP-244, S-94, quoted below, empowers the Office of the City Attorney (City Legal Officer) to perform duties and functions in addition to those prescribed under the Local Government Code.
* Render his opinion in writing on any question of law or ordinance when requested to do so by any Department Head or Chief of any Office of the Quezon City Government.
* Render his opinion in writing on any question of law or ordinance when requested to do so by any constituent, people organization, or accredited non-governmental organization; Provided, that such request be first directed to the City Council or any Councilor or Sectoral Representativ which/who shall determine the prudence of such query, based first on any consideration of the veracity fairness and importance to the City Government of the issue presented.
Public Assistance and Legal Aid Office (PALAO)
The Public Assistance and Legal Aid Office works under the Office of the City Mayor to provide free legal assistance to the indigent constituents of the City. It is under the supervision of the Acting City Attorney, Atty. Christian B. Valencia, with the support of the Acting Assistant City Attorney, Atty. Felixberto F. Abad.
At present, PALAO is composed of 10 consultants, legal researchers and staff.
* Coordinate with other offices in the City Government to facilitate the delivery of basic services to the public as the exigency of the service may demand;
* Submit periodic report to the City Mayor to function and coordinate with the Committee on Justice and Human Rights of the City Council which shall act as coordinating center;
* Perform other duties and functions that the City Mayor and the Committee on Justice and Human Rights of the City Council may assign from time to time.
At present, there are 33 personnel under the Office of the City Attorney's Office:
• the City Attorney
• Assistant City Attorney,
• Two Legal Officers (LO) IV
• Four Lawyer-Consultants
• Two detailed lawyers
• Two Legal Assistants II
• Three Legal Researchers
• 18 regular and contractual employees
Atty. Christian Valencia
Acting City Attorney
Tel. no. 929-1991
Atty. Felixberto F. Abad
Acting Asst. City Attorney
Legal Officer IV
Atty. Dela Cruz