HLAF has started to conduct an Online Welfare and Legal Mission even in the midst of battling against COVID-19 and the challenges brought by the enhanced community quarantine to connect and know, even virtually the situations of PDLs (Persons Deprived of Liberty), and see how they feel amidst the happenings brought by the pandemic.
HLAF has already been able to contact and conduct the Online Welfare and Legal Mission with the Quezon City Jail – Male dorm, Manila City Jail – Male dorm, and San Mateo Municipal Jail – Male dorm on April 3 & 6, 2020.
The PDLs expressed their gratitude, and said that they were happy to know that there are still people and organizations like HLAF, working even virtually to promote their rights, welfare, and well-being, and know how they feel during the challenges brought by the virus.
Moreover, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) expressed their support on this HLAF activity. They were thankful that activities like this rise-up to the needs of PDLs, and in promoting their welfare and well-being.
The Online and Legal Mission is also attended by the Ateneo Clinical Legal Education Students (CLED), from the Ateneo Law School. The students said that they felt a good vibe after the session since although virtually, they were still ignited to help PDLs during challenging times. “Helping them never was a waste of time”. They were thankful to take part on this HLAF’s advocacy activity.
Currently, HLAF continues to provide activities in promoting the rights, welfare, and well-being of PDLs together with its volunteers. Although only through virtual means, HLAF commits to work together in promoting the welfare and well-being of every Filipino, especially those most vulnerable.