The Legal Officer is the chief legal counsel of the local government unit. He shall take charge of the office of the legal services: provide legal assistance and support to the governor or mayor and develop plans and strategies particularly programs and projects related to legal services.


A juristic office that adheres to staunch, but conscientious advocacy of the rule of law towards achieving orderly institution and disciplined public servants and providing efficient legal services among the constituents of the province of Aurora for the promotion of their legitimate interests and redress of grievances.


  1. To uphold the rule of law governed by reason and conscience from which all legal action of the province would be based;
  2. To seek justice in every legal initiative or defense that the province would undertake;
  3. To advance the ideals of the province in creating a community that is guided by just and equitable law;
  4. To apply the servants;
  5. To advocate always and foremost the common good in giving legal opinions and recommending legal action for the Province and governing municipalities to undertake;
  6. To actively participate in advancing various causes in relation to the matter of law, that aims to better government services;
  7. To give sympathetic hand in the cry of the less fortunate in their quest for justice in the courts and other judicial and quasi-judicial bodies.

Organizational Chart

Citizen’s Charter


  1. Litigation
  2. Investigation
  3. Free Legal Assistance
  4. Legal Opinion/Recommendation
  5. Special Programs


Schedule of Availability of Service: (8:00-5:00 P.M. Monday to Friday)
No noon break


  1. Formulate measures for the consideration of the sanggunian and provide legal assistance and support to the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out the delivery of basic services and provisions of adequate facilities as provided for under Section 17 of this Code;
  1. Develop plans and strategies and upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor; as the case may be, implement the same, particularly those which have to do with programs and projects related to legal services which the governor or mayor is empowered to implement and which the sanggunian is empowered to provide for under this Code.
  2. As the Legal Counsel of the Provincial Governor, the Legal Officer shall, in addition to the duties enumerated in the Local Government Code:
  1. Represent the local government unit in all civil actions and special proceedings wherein the local government unit or any official thereof, in his official capacity, is a party: Provided, that in actions or proceedings where a component city or municipality is a party adverse to the provincial government or to another component city or municipality, a special legal officer may be employed to represent the adverse party;
  2. When required by the governor, mayor or sanggunian, draft ordinances, contracts, bonds, leases and other instruments involving any interest of the local government unit and provide comments and recommendations on any instruments already drawn;
  3. Render his opinion in writing on any question of law when requested to do so by the governor, mayor, or sanggunian;
  4. Investigate or cause to be investigated any local official or employee for administrative neglect or misconduct in office and recommend appropriate action to the governor, mayor, or sanggunian, as the case may be;
  5. Investigate or cause to be investigated any person, firm or corporation holding any franchise or exercising any public privilege for failure to comply with any term or condition in the grant of such franchise or privilege and recommend appropriate action to the governor, mayor or sanggunian, as the case may be;
  6. When directed by the governor, mayor, or sanggunian, initiate and prosecute, in the interest of the local government unit concerned, any civil action on any bond, lease or other contract upon any breach or violation thereof; and
  7. Review and submit recommendations on ordinances approved and execute orders issued by component units;
  8. Recommend measures to the sanggunian and advise the governor or mayor, as the case may be, on all other matters related to upholding the rule of law.
  9. Be in the frontline of protecting human rights and prosecuting any violations thereof, particularly those which occur during and in the aftermath of man-made or natural disaster and calamities; and
  10. Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

Contact Information

Department HeadAtty. Jonell M. Torregosa
Mailing AddressProvincial Legal Office
Provincial Government of Aurora
Capitol Bldg., Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora
Email Address[email protected]