To better respond to the challenge of police service and advancement in the promotion and protection of human rights, the Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) successfully conducted a two-days Human Rights-Based Policing Seminar to Forty (40) participants last June 25-26, 2015 held at Iligan City Police Office, Camp Tomas Ll Cabili, Tipanoy, Iligan City City. The training aimed to enhance the competency of PNP personnel in PRO 10 on matters relating to HR issues and concerns and is expected to respond positively in our community. This is in response to the project under the PNP Human Rights Development Program with the interminable support and cooperation from Human Rights Affairs Office, Camp Crame, Quezon City.

On June 25, 2015 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning an Opening Program was conducted with the presence of PSSUPT RAUL ARAZA BENITEZ, OIC, Iligan City Police Office. During the lecture proper, PCINSP AGNES ORA LAUREN, Chief, CIDMB/ HR PCO discussed the importance of the Quality Service Lane (QSL) “Kayo and Boss ko”. She emphasized the objective of the QSL which is to establish and institutionalize PNP Quality Service Lanes in all Police Stations and Offices to proactively analyze such concerns/problems and to ensure timely feedback. In the afternoon, PCINSP LAUREN then discussed the PNP Police Operational Procedures (POP) briefly and emphasized the importance in applying the procedures in police operations to prevent violations and disrespect to individuals human rights.

On the second day, Commission of Human Rights – 10 personnel represented by Dr. Edwin German P Solis and Ms. Fides Teresa M Cabana discussed the Basic Principles of Human Rights to better address the problem and to easily turn the PNP into a rights-based institution. They also discussed the following topics:

  • RA 9851 IHL Act of 2009, an Act Defining and Penalizing Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity; 
  • RA 9262 Violation Against Women and their Children;
  • RA 9208 Anti-trafficking in Person Act;
  • RA 7610 Child Abuse; 
  • RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice Welfare Act);
  • Human Rights Laws
  • Classification of Human Rights;
  • Relevant HR provisions of the 1987 Constitution Art 18 sec. 3 (Social Justice);
  • RA 9745 Impartial Investigation by the CHR and other concerned Government Offices;
  • RA 10350 the  CHR or its Duly Authorized representative is allowed to conduct regular, independent, unannounced, and unrestricted visit to or inspection of all places of detention and confinement; and
  • Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

While on June 26, 2015 at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon, a closing program was conducted with the presence of PSSUPT RAUL ARAZA BENITEZ, OIC, Iligan City Police Office. Activity ended at about 5:00 O’clock in the afternoon of the same date.