The Office of the Solicitor General is an independent and autonomous office attached to the Department of Justice. Although the OSG is attached to the DOJ, the OSG is not a constituent unit of the DOJ. The DOJ’s authority, control and supervision over the OSG are limited only to budgetary purposes.
The OSG is headed by the Solicitor General, who is the principal law officer and legal defender of the Government. He is assisted by a Legal Staff composed of at least thirty (30) Assistant Solicitors General, each heading a legal division. Each division shall consist of ten (10) lawyers and such other personnel as may be necessary for the office to effectively carry out its functions.
Sec. 1, Executive Order No. 300, July 26, 1987.
Sec. 4, Chapter 1, Title III, Book IV, Executive Order No. 292, July 25, 1987.
Funa v. Agra, et al., G.R. No. 191644, February 19, 2013.
Sec. 34, Chapter 12, Title III, Book IV, 1987 Administrative Code of the Philippines; Republic Act No. 9417, 24 July 2006.