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CHR REGION IV OFFICE LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION
OF NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CONSCIOUSNESS WEEK

 

      The Commission on Human Rights Regional Office No. 4 launched a series of activities to commemorate this year’s National Human Rights Consciousness Week. For 2012, the theme is “My voice counts in ending impunity. I work for human rights-based governance”.

      A Human Rights Motorcade was held last December 4, 2012 to kick-off the celebration and ran along the major thoroughfares of San Pablo City.

Delegations from the DepEd, Social Security System, National Statistics Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Red Cross, 202 nd Infantry Brigade PA, Philippine National Police, SPC Water District, SM City of San Pablo, Honda Cars Inc., ATIKHA-OFW joined the motorcade. According to CHR4 OIC Atty. Jacqueline Ann C. De Guia, this was the first time that other institutions joined the regional office in this activity. She expressed optimism that other agencies and NGOs will get involved in future endeavours of the CHR Regional Office.

      Later in the day, CHR4 opened a HR photo exhibit at the lobby of the regional office. It showcased past and present activities and accomplishments of the regional human rights office. The photo exhibit virtually displayed a historical view of human rights advocacy in the Southern Tagalog region.

      Interestingly, the photo exhibit was also informative particularly on the creation and nature of the Commission on Human Rights as an independent constitutional body. Human rights protection and promotion served as its primordial functions.

 
      The Commission on Human Rights Region 4 has lined-up series of activities for the HR Consciousness Week. These activities includes conduct of human rights symposia, tree planting, and other projects that will impact on advocacy for human rights and human right awareness in the Southern Tagalog region.

Day 1 (04 December 2012)

A. Human Rights Consciousness Motorcade

      A Human Rights Consciousness Motorcade was undertaken to jumpstart the celebration of this year’s celebration of the National Human Rights Consciousness Week. In all, about 14 vehicles and 104 participants from DepEd, Bureau of Fire Protection, National Statistics Office, Social Security System, Philippine National Police, 202 nd Infantry Brigade, PA, SPC Water District, PNRC, SM City San Pablo, Honda Cars San Pablo, and ATIKHA-OFW Center joined the motorcade.

 

 

The CHR4 OIC Atty. Jacqueline Ann C. De Guia and regional staff pose before the camera prior to the motorcade


CHR4 OIC Atty. Jacqueline Anne C. De Guia followed the lead car in the HR Week motorcade  

 

DepEd sent the biggest delegation in the HR Week motorcade.

DepEd delegation also included motorbikers.

 

  Representative of the BFP brought its firetruck.

Participants from the NSO tailed by motorbike riders.  

 

Participant from Social Security System.


Delegation from the local PNP.

 

 

Participant from the 202 nd IBde, PA appeared to be most excited in joining the HR Week motorcade.


Utilities company SPC Water District also joined the HR Week motorcade.

 

 

Delegation from PNRC San Pablo Chapter joined by members of 202 nd IBde, PA.


SM City San Pablo joined the HR Week motorcade.  

 

Honda Cars Laguna, Inc. also joined the HR Week motorcade.

 

B. HR Photo Exhibit

      The Human Rights Photo Exhibit was formally opened at 01:00 o’ clock in the afternoon. The NSO earlier sent its participation in the photo exhibit with their statistics dealing on various aspects of human rights. On the other hand, photos exhibited by the Regional Office dealt on activities and accomplishments from the past to the present, including the previous Regional Directors.

 

Day 2 (05 December 2012)

HR Symposium at Quezon National High School

      A Human Rights Symposium was undertaken at the Quezon National High School in Lucena City. This project was coordinated with the QNHS Supreme Student Government and participated in by all 4 th year students and some faculty members. Basic human rights concepts and laws were discussed in the symposium accompanied by a showing of human rights video clips. At the culmination of the activity, SSG Governor Jose Martin Benedicto expressed their gratitude to the CHR for conducting the symposium.

 

SI2 Aileen Chua and IO3 Brigitte Hopinaldo discussed the concepts of human rights and various laws governing the rights of children and women at the Quezon National High School in Lucena City.


 

CHR4 Special Investigator II Aileen Chua discusses basic human rights principles to student participants, as well as the rights of the child.

 

Day 3 (06 December 2012)

Tree Planting

      As part of the HR Consciousness Week celebration, a tree-planting activity was undertaken by the regional staff at Malabanban, Sto.Angel, San Pablo City. The site is a watershed area proximate to Mount Banahaw and the source of natural spring water. The regional staff trekked 800 steps to the site and planted an average of 10 seedlings per individual.

 

Day 4 (07 December 2012)

HR Symposium at Kolehiyo ng Lungsod ng Lipa

      Another HR Symposium was undertaken at the Kolehiyo ng Lunsod ng Lipa at Lipa City, Batangas where 179 college students attended and participated in the activity. The participants actively participated in the discussions and viewed HR video clips shown. At the culmination of the activity, students and faculty members expressed interest in having similar symposia to be held in their institution as they claimed that this is an effective method of instilling HR awareness among young people and educators as well.

  Ms. Hopinaldo presents basic human rights concepts and the constitutional mandate of the Commission on Human Rights.

SI2 Aileen Chua expressed gratitude for the cooperation and opportunity afforded by college officials, faculty members and the students to the HR Symposium. On the other hand, the latter manifested their hope that the event would not be the last endeavour by the CHR4 in their school.
 

  Ms. Hopinaldo discusses the finer point on human rights issues raised.

Even senior faculty members and college officials appeared enlightened during the HR Symposium particularly when HR issues have been discussed.

 

 

 

Day 5 (10 December 2012)

Flag Ceremony and Thanksgiving Mass

      On Human Rights Day, marking the 64 th Anniversary of the UDHR, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the Regional Office. The staff likewise renewed their commitment to HR advocacy with the recitation of the “Panata Sa Karapatang Pantao”, alongside with “Panatang Makabayan” and “Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno”.