Addressing her former schoolmates at St. Paul’s School of Business and Law (SPSBL), Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany “Step” Uy-Tan stressed the need for a concerted action between the bar, the bench and the law professors “to improve the deteriorating standard of legal education”.

According to her, “We have to equip ourselves better so that we will not only keep pace with the current developments but also meet the demands of the future”.

As a Guest of Honor last July 21, 2013, during the induction of the new set of student government officers of SPSBL College of Law, Step expounded on the value of law and legal education in preserving the sanctity of the rule of law and democracy in the country.

Urging the audience consisting of law faculty members and students to strive for “a legal education that upholds a culture of excellence”, she said that there is a need for everyone concerned to address the defective areas of the law profession. “Unless pragmatic steps are undertaken without loss of time, Legal Education will suffer and consequently the country’s justice delivery system will stand diluted” she stressed.

Step was joined by other speakers led by SPSBL President Atty. Absalon Apostol and which included School of Law Dean Vincent Albano and Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson. She was previously enrolled in the said college and took classes for one semester. When politics beckoned, she stopped her studies to concentrate on her campaign for the mayoralty post.

(Article by Ms. Lai Minh Mabulay, Office of the City Mayor; Photos by Mr. Michael Balan)

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