Atty. Jerry dela Cruz elected IBP president
Panganiban, Catanduanes  ·  
posted 4-Mar-2019  ·  
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Atty. Jerry dela Cruz

A native of Panganiban town who is now practicing law in Metro Manila, Atty. Jerry S. dela Cruz, has been elected as president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Catanduanes Chapter following the conduct of the election last Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the chapter office at the Hall of Justice.

Also elected for the two-year term from 2019 to 2021 are: Atty. Rizalina Velasco-Tañon, vice president; Atty. William V. Cabrera, secretary; Atty. Jocelyn B. Abines, treasurer; Atty. Ramil Joselito B. Tamayo, auditor; Atty. Jonathan A. Bagadiong, PRO; and, Atty. Edna A. Francisco, Atty. Jose V. Cabrera, Atty. Anthony Noel C. Tresvalles, Atty. Arnulfo V. Pelagio, and Atty. Gregorio M. Sarmiento Jr., directors.

All of the candidates for the positions were unopposed and garnered identical 21 votes each. The other lawyers present were outgoing IBP president Atty. Leo Mendoza, Atty. Renato Quintana, Atty. Gil Taway IV, Atty. Lino Gianan Jr., Atty. Sinforoso Sarmiento Jr., Atty. Juan Mendoza, Atty. Norlito Agunday, Atty. Francisco Samonte Jr., and Atty. Nieto Tresvalles Sr.

After receiving his diploma in Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Accounting and Management at the Jose Rizal University, Atty dela Cruz started working as sales agent in an insurance firm and then became junior auditor in various companies, eventually heading an internal audit department. He also became a claims manager for life and non-life insurance, after which he studied law at the Arellano University and the Philippine Law School where he graduated in March 1996.

Dela Cruz took the bar examination in September 1996 and after passing it, was admitted to the Philippine Bar on May 10, 1997.

He then joined the Santiago Arevalo Asuncion and Dela Cruz & Associates before leaving and putting up his own law firm, JS Dela Cruz Law Offices, engaging in general law practice as lawyer-litigator. A lawyer for the ALG Group of Companies, he is also a professor of law in the graduate school of Marikina Polytechnic College.

In her message as the Supreme Court’s observer to the IBP election, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras expressed hope that despite the declining attendance, the chapter’s members would continue the quality performance of the outgoing set of officers.

She likewise urged the chapter to encourage new bar passers to render free legal aid to poor litigants in the province of Catanduanes.

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