The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently hosted a testimonial dinner for its 20 new lawyers who are among the 3,747 passers of the 2016 Bar Examinations.


“I am very proud of the significant milestone of our new lawyers in the labor department. Passing the bar exam is not easy dahil pinagdaanan ko rin ‘yan. Hindi talaga biro ang makapasa. Enjoy the moment, just enjoy this simple treat for your achievement,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told the new lawyers at the Waterfront Pavilion Hotel recently.


Among the DOLE employees who passed the 2016 Bar Examinations are nine scholars of DOLE Educational Support Program (DESP), namely Atty. Mary Grace L. Riguer of Institute for Labor Studies, Atty. Mary Gladys R. Paguirigan of Regional Office No. II, Atty. Mark Vincent S. Cuchapin of Regional Office No. IV-A, Joan N. Noya of Regional Office No. V, Atty. RV June Zoe B. Bernal of Regional Office No. VI, Atty. Mary Lorraine A. Macasa and Atty. Maria Cyrelle L. Espino of DOLE-NCR, Atty. Jannel P. Serrano of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-NCR, and Atty. Judith Rowena P. Gamueda of OWWA-Regional Office No. II.


Other bar passers include Atty. Jennifer E. Marquez of Legal Service; Atty. Leonida Marie P. Galicia of the Employees Compensation Commission; Atty. Gerard Peter C. Mariano, Atty. Joseph Anthony F. Tolentino, Atty. Samuel R. Flores, Atty. Rey Benedict D. Ong of National Labor Relations Commission; Atty. Anna Farinah B. Mindalano, Atty. Rommel Carlo C. Panganiban, Atty. Omaimah E. Gandamra, Atty. Lyra Carissa M. Profugo, and Atty. Victor Rico P. Lopez of Professional Regulation Commission.


Bello together with DOLE officials congratulated the new lawyers and encouraged them to help the labor department in providing legal support to various labor and employment-related issues and concerns, as well as in formulating regulatory policies and standards.


“I believe that you will continue to stay here in our department and serve our people by providing them the right and just legal service. Let’s continue serving the Filipinos as a family,” Bello said.


On their part, the new lawyers, represented by Atty. Maria Cyrelle L. Espino of DOLE-NCR, thanked the labor department for the support as some of them were granted scholarship for the bar examination review sessions.


The new lawyers took their oath on Monday.


END/ Abegail De Vega

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