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Human Rights area consultation in Cebu starts October 8

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (7 October) -- A two-day area consultation on the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) starts tomorrow (Oct. 8) at 9:00 a.m. at the Montebello Villa Hotel, Banilad, Cebu City.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson, Atty. Leila de Lima and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who is also the chairman of the Presidential human Rights Committee (PHRC) will grace the event as resource person and keynote speaker respectively.

At present, the draft Thematic plans for the National Human rights Antion Plan (NHRAP) has been completed through a series of thematic cluster meetings with government agencies and partners from civil society,

The PHRC had also consolidated the various planning inputs from lead agencies that have been forwarded to the regions for validation.

The area consultation is the next step in the formulation process to enlist further participation of all stakeholders and to ensure a local dimension to the plan.

According to the project brief, the area consultation aims to enhance the National Human Rights Action Plan by integrating local human rights issues and concerns in provinces across regions that have high incidence of human rights violations especially in poverty-stricken localities in the country.

Specifically, the committee will conduct various sectoral and local consultations with the involvement of local government units and civil society organizations at the local level.

It also wants to identify priority human rights agenda at the local level and site-specific measures to address the priority human rights agenda.

PHRC executive director Usec. Severo Catura opens the area consultation tomorrow with the overview of content and program, video presentations on human rights and presentation of highlights of the various thematic plans which will be followed with an open forum.

The consultation workshop follows in the afternoon with the participants being divided into eight (8) groups that would tackle various human rights issues.

Day two (2) of the consultation will include the plenary reporting of the various groups, an open forum and the integration of the thematic worksheet.

The area consultation is an important part of the process. It signifies the government’s commitment in the formulation of the plan and its concrete demonstration of its ability to achieve cooperation from all stakeholders. (PIA-7/MBCN) [top]

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