May 6-12, 1998 Volume XVII No. 19


Editorials & Opinions

Commission on Human Rights' 11th year
By Arvin P. Carandang

The Commission on Human Rights celebrated its 11th year of protecting the rights of every citizen of this republic last May 5. The Regional Office of the CHR headed by its director Atty. Ferdinand Quintos held a press conference at the Cresta Monte Resort here in San Pablo.
Director Quintos reiterated the significant role of the CHR in its continuing fight against the violation of human rights. Domestic violence particularly abuse against women and children are the primary concern of the commission although there are 14 sectors in our society which are also on their priority list. Some of these sectors besides the women and children sectors, are the indigenous groups, the elderly, migrant workers, the youth and the internally displaced persons among others.
The Commission on Human Rights was created by the Executive Order 163 based on Article 13 Section 17 of the 1987 Constitution. It has the power to investigate, on its own or by complaint, all forms of human rights violations involving civil and political rights. It also provides appropriate legal measures for the protection of all persons within the Philippines, as well as Filipinos residing abroad and many other things.
Prevention and education are the top priorities of the Commission. By these measures, they hope to minimize human rights violation if not totally eliminate it.
The PHRP or the Philippine Human Rights Plan tends to push through their so-called Administrative and Legislative approach laws that would guarantee the protection of human rights. PHRP works on the regional level while the Barangay Human Rights Action Officers works on the grassroots thereby opening the door for a lot of people that were victims of human rights violation. The PHRP and BHRAO are one of the many programs of the Commission of Human Rights that will ensure the people of this country that there is still hope in this troubled times.

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