PRO1, CHR-RO1 sign MOA to develop database of cases of human rights abuses

SAN FERNANDO CITY – A memorandum of agreement to develop a database of cases of women and children who were victims of human rights abuses was signed during the Commission of Human Rights Foundation Anniversary held at the Police Regional Office 1 here October 10.

Regional Director PC Supt. Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu said the PNP-RO1 and the CHR-RO1 entered into a MOA with the main objective of developing a database/databank of cases of women and children who were victims of human rights abuse.

Atty. Romel P. Daguimol, Officer in Charge, represented CHR-RO1 in the MOA signing  in partnership with PNP-RO1 to strengthen the protection of child and woman victims through a more systematic and comprehensive documentation of complaints of women and children and in other related interventions that will promote their best interest.

Participated in by the  PRO1-HRAO, Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) officers from the four police provincial offices of the region, members of the CHR-RO1, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), lawyers, stakeholders and barangay officials, the regional celebration was held in honor of the late nationalist and Senator Jose W. “Ka Pepe” Diokno, supreme advocate of human rights during the Marcos regime and also the founder of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), an association of lawyers from all over the Philippines, who render their services free of charge to promote the rule of law and respect for human rights in the society.

Bucayu, former chief of the Human Rights Affairs Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame, shared his expertise in human rights and law enforcement.

He lectured on Republic Act 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crime against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and other crimes against humanity, RA 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law, RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and Children, RA 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, other pertinent laws, statutes and ordinances.

“Lagi nating pakatandaan na ang ating tungkulin ay ating ginagampanan upang ating ialay sa lahat ng mga nangangailangan lalo na sa mga mahihina, mahihirap, mga bata at kababaihan sapagkat sila ang pangunahing mga biktima ng karahasan, kriminalidad at pagsasawalang bahala sa karapatang pantao. Our prime duty is to serve the people and to protect their rights,” Bucayu said.

Danilo T. Balino, CHR-Regional Officer 1 and  information officer, shared the lecturette of Jose W. Diokno, a human rights advocate, entitled “Human Rights Make Man Human.”

Bucayu said that the activity is timely and relevant in view of the PNP’s current thrust to effectively implement its 10-Point Action Plan, specifically on Rights-Based Policing wherein there is strict adherence to the basic tenets of human rights  with emphasis on the police operational procedures to plug loopholes.#