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Inabanga sets up local monitoring board on HR

Tagbilaran City (25 May) -- Peace advocates here found new recruits in the members of half of Inabanga's 50 barangays as the government and civil society organized human rights (HR) violations watchgroup here.

In its recent efforts to enlarge the peace ripples here, the municipal peace and order council (MPOC) along with barangay captains warmly welcomed the Bohol Local Monitoring Board in launching the local human rights complaint receiving body in the town and its neighboring areas.

The LMB in Bohol was set up to help monitor compliance by the agents of the state and the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army/National Democratic Front on the Comprehensive Agreements on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

CARHRIHL is one of the key agreements entered into by both conflicting parties in the 35 year old struggle to find peace in the country.

In Inabanga, 25 of its 50 barangays with prevalent cases of human rights violations got into the LMB orientation given by Bohol LMB.

Bohol LMB coordinator Romeo Teruel led the board composed of government and civil society agents in giving the proper orientation to the community.

The orientation cascades the roles and responsibilities of the members of the local LMB, which has been institutionalized by an executive order issued by Governor Erico Aumentado.

By the same executive order, Bohol can now set up around six local LMBs, two per district. Aside from Inabanga, District 2 also has an LMB set up in Talibon while District 1 has Catigbian and Loon and District 3 has Mabini and Carmen.

Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy said he welcomed the development even as he aggressively campaigns for cottage industries translating to more jobs and better hopes for his people who have shown excellence in crafts over time.

Peace, he said is not just the absence of war but having the capability to make out for their lives and living with the means to cover their basic needs.

Historically the hometown of a local hero Francisco Dagohoy, Inabanga has eloquently shouted that the town is home to freedom and peace fighters. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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