City Legal Office- Profile

I. Mandate:

The Office of the City Legal Officer, the chief legal counsel of the City Government is mandated under the Local Government Code to formulate measures for consideration of the Sanggunian Panlungsod and provide legal assistance and support to the City Mayor in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities, develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the City Mayor, implement the same particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services. In addition to this, the City Legal Officer represents the city government in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the city or any official thereof, in his official capacity, is a party. When required by the City Mayor or Sangguniang Panlungsod, he drafts ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments involving any interest of the city government, and provides comments and recommendations thereon and renders opinion in writing on any question of law. This office is also tasked to investigate of cause to be investigated any city official for administrative neglect or misconduct, or any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or privilege for failure to comply with any term thereof and recommend appropriate action. It may also initiate and prosecute in the interest of the City Government any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof, and may review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and executive orders issued by the local government unit.


II. Vision:
A department of competent and credible civil servants with friendly environment ensuring excellent public service and legal assistance inspired by fair leadership.


III. Mission:
The Legal Department is committed to provide quality and professional legal support services promptly, efficiently and with utmost courtesy and to ensure that all laws and ordinances are observed and complied with.

IV. Service Pledge:
We, the officers and employees of the Office of the City Legal Officer, do hereby solemnly pledge to render most effective and fair public service to the best of our ability with love, justice and integrity, while fulfilling our commitment in our Citizen’s Charter and upholding the laws of the land.
So help us God.