The New Zealand Government, through its Immigration Department of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), has supported the Philippine Government, through the Department of Justice-Refugees and Stateless Persons Protection Unit (DOJ-RSPPU) in strengthening its capacity in relation to Country of Origin Information (COI).
In March 2020, the Government of Philippine declared a public health emergency to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philippines: Provision of free and accessible public legal assistance, counselling and representation to indigent persons of concern (POC)
In the Philippines, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), is the attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that provides indigent litigants free legal assistance, counselling and representation.
The Philippine Government has assumed full responsibility over the protection of asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons, through the refugee status determination procedure established in 1998 and later expanding to include the stateless status determination procedure in 2012, under the Department of Justice (DOJ).
1. To enhance policy, legal, and operational framework to ensure full access to rights of refugees as guaranteed by the 1951 Refugee Convention; The Philippines has a generally favorable protection environment for refugees and asylum seekers, but there are measures that may be taken by...