CHR lauds PRO1 for setting up human rights affairs office

SAN FERNANDO CITY –  The regional chair of the commission on human rights lauded the establishment of a human rights office by the provincial police office here.

Anita Chauhan, regional chair of the CHR, said she appreciated the establishment of the HRAO as this will promote awareness among policemen here of their human rights obligations.

The inauguration of the office was part of the PNP’s 17th anniversary celebration with Deputy Director Gen. Reynaldo Varilla, PNP deputy chief for operations, as guest of honor and speaker.

PRO1 being a back-to-back best PRO is the pilot area of the HRAO here.

“The CHR welcomes this because we are an independent constitutional office and our role is to monitor how government complies with human rights obligations. I believe this is a mechanism installed by the government, especially the PNP to curb human rights violations, particularly those men in uniform,” Chauhan said.

Chauhan gave her assurance that her office will provide assistance to police personnel who will handle the office for institutional development and capacity building.

“We will serve as their consultant and we will help each other in the education and protection of  policemen from human rights violations,” she said.

Police Chief Supt. Leopoldo Bataoil, regional director, said personnel from the Regional Investigation and Detective and Management Division under PSSUPT Marlou Chan will man the office even as he appreciated the cooperation of the CHR in the said advocacy.

Bataoil said that with the establishment of the HRAO, they will be conducting an information drive to ensure every policeman in Region 1 is a human rights advocate.

“The office will serve as an advocate to promote within our ranks, respect for human rights. We will monitor and investigate cases of human rights violations, and mete appropriate sanctions to the violators,” Bataoil said.#