May 6-12, 1998 Volume XVII No. 19
Editorials & Opinions
Human Rights' 11th year
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.
By Arvin P. Carandang
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