PHRC conducts consultations on human rights issues in Cagayan de Oro
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (5 October) -- "This mechanism will put in place the much-needed public policies, programs and resources that will progressively improve the human rights (HR) obligations and entitlements at all levels of governance in the country."
This is how Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita, Chairperson of the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC), described the Cluster 4 Area Consultation for the Formulation of the 2nd National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) by the different stakeholders from Regions 9, 10 and 13, held at Pryce Hotel, this city, recently.
Ermita said HR objectives and standards are integrated into this problem-solving consultations to achieve better life with "larger freedom" as set forth in the United Nations Charter and embodied in various international HR treaties which the Philippines is a signatory.
The activity was attended by representatives from the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), National Economic and Development (NEDA), National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), among others.
Spearheaded by the PHRC and the 3rd to be held in the country, this year, the consultation is designed to overcome HR issues and challenges through the joint efforts of government agencies as the so-called rights duty-bearer and the people as rights claimholders.
Likewise, it is aimed at instilling national ownership of the 2nd NHRAP by as many stakeholders as possible including government agencies and instrumentalities and civil society whose appreciation and advocacy to human rights is unquestioned.
Thru the NHRAP, concrete measures will be identified to ensure that HR protection and promotion becomes a matter of policy that will transcend politics characterized by administrations that come and go.
However, Ermita, who could not make it to the city due to the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy in Metro Manila was represented by Undersecretary Severo S. Catura, Executive Director of PHRC. (PIA 10) [top]