Compensation for Filipino traffic accidents victims discussed

ABU DHABI - A forum on issues related to compensation for Filipino victims of traffic accidents and those involving arrest and detention was held recently at the Philippine embassy.

By Lily B. Libo-on

Published: Fri 4 Jul 2008, 8:40 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:03 PM

The forum was part of a series of Fora on Legal Procedures in UAE, which wound up the three-week celebration of Philippine Independence Day.

Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan presided over the community meeting, which followed the forum attended by leaders and members of various Filipino organisations.

Consul-General Noel Servigon said some expatriates also shared their experiences involving police cases.

The forum expressed the need for regular information campaign among the Filipino community organisations focusing on the recent developments in the UAE laws in order to avoid legal conflicts. It also included the need for the training of paralegals, who would assist the Philippine embassy in swiftly reacting to cases that required immediate attention.

Servigon stressed that participants of the forum noted the high cost of hiring lawyers for individual cases.

"It was, therefore, recommended that the newly-established Filipino Expatriates Foundation (FILEX) consider contracting a law firm on retainer basis," he added.

A discussion on how to provide assistance to victims of Typhoon Frank in the Philippines also ensued.

The meeting concluded with some discussions on the preparations about visit to the UAE of Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour, Employment and Human Resources, starting today.

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