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CHR Regional Office V Report


December 4, 2012. A holy mass officiated by REV. FR. MANUEL CAMU opened the National Human Rights Consciousness Week celebration in Region V. On the theme, “MY VOICE COUNTS IN ENDING IMPUNITY!”, Fr. Camu said that each person counts in turning the tide against impunity, and exhorted everyone to stay committed to the vision of making a difference by charting a path in human rights-based governance.  


December 3, 2012. Information Officer Amelia B. Espinas delivered an “Inspirational Talk” before the 901st IB, PA in Villa Hermosa, Daraga, Albay. Ms. Espinas put emphasis on the local implementation of HRBA to governance, social protection and development, and further added that the need to develop an HRBA Program by the military is paramount in charting a new direction towards building and cultivating a human rights culture within the military, and in the communities.


  December 5, 2012 and December 14, 2012. In partnership with the NSTP of Aquinas University and the Office of Student Affairs of the Sorsogon College of Criminology, the regional office actively participated in the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW which commences on November 25 and ends on December 12 of every year.
      Information Officer Geneva J. Avila gave a lecture on “The Gender and Human Rights Dimensions of Trafficking” at Aquinas University of Legazpi in the afternoon of December 5, 2012, and conducted a “Women’s Rights Advocacy” with the students of Sorsogon College of Criminology on December 14, 2012. Ms. Avila stressed in her lecture that recent trends and global statistics on human trafficking debunk the myth that “Men migrate, but women are trafficked.” Human trafficking is a modern-day slavery that cuts across the gender divide. The activity was concluded with the drafting of a covenant which embodied the participants’ commitment to efforts to end human trafficking.
      Anchored on this year’s theme, “A VAW-Free Society in times of Peace, Conflict and Calamity”, the “WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVCACY” with Criminology students focused on violence used by state actors as “security measures” to reinforce gendered and political hierarchies, and domestic violence made more menacing with the presence of small arms in the homes.


December 6, 2012. A team from the CHR Regional Office V surprised inmates of Daraga and Camalig Municipal Jails with a box-full of gifts. In years past, the regional office had played a generous benefactor to persons deprived of their liberty (PDLs), and in keeping with this long-standing tradition, Mesdames Amelia B. Espinas, Arlene M. Dela Torre and Mary Janice B. Ceneta did not disappoint this year’s recipients of Christmas cheers and goodies.


December 6, 2012. “KAPIHAN SA EMBARCADERO” with the tri-media from 6:30 until 9:00 o’clock in the morning. Ms. Espinas released information on the calendar of activities for the National Human Rights Consciousness Week, and readily responded to questions on the emerging issues and human rights violations obtaining in the region, particularly in the province of Albay, from January to December 2012.
      Reporters from KAPIHAN host DWRB, SIRAM Radio, DWRL, DZGB and DZRC posed for a photo op with Ms. Espinas. Lower photo shows Ms. Espinas with DZGB reporter Al Almario and DZRC host Jesse Magayanes.


December 7, 2012. The in-house training on the implementation of R.A. 9745 or the “Anti-Torture Act of 2009” for CHR V officers and employees was held at La Piazza Hotel and Restaurant. The orientation/workshop was in compliance with the Chair’s Memorandum to come up with capacity building activities on the Anti-Torture Law. Atty. Arlene Q. Alangco, Officer-in-Charge of Naga Sub-Office and Atty. Remiel O. Nibungco of the Regional State Prosecution Office discussed torture under R.A. 9851 and R.A. 9745, respectively.


December 10, 2012. “Human Rights on Wheels” which was aimed at bringing the CHR programs and services to the communities, concluded the week-long celebration. It brought together officials and residents of five barangays in Legazpi City, i.e., Puro, Victory Village 1 and 2, Dapdap and Imperial Court. The activity was held in partnership with Atty. Melissa Abadeza, HR Committee Chair of the Legazpi City Council. Attorneys Hanil B. Almoguera and Herbert Rodulph Bermas, Special Investigators Reynaldo A. Matociňos, Mary Janice B. Ceneta and Ramon Raul Velasco, Information Officers Amelia B. Espinas and Nelia B. Almonte, and Records Officer Jaila N. Nicerio represented the regional office in the said activity.


December 12, 2012. A separate “Orientation/Workshop on the Implementation of R.A. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Ac of 2009” for police and jail officers was held on December 12, 2012 at La Piazza Hotel & Restaurant. Police officers from the three cities and fourteen municipalities of Albay, and jail officers from municipal/city/district jails from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte participated in the training. Atty. Carlo Martin of the Regional State Prosecution Office served as resource person in the training.
      Using the 3A’s of adult learning, the training team facilitated the workshop, i.e., role-playing of scenarios which depicted human rights violations common to police and jail officers. Three groups presented the role plays.
      And another three groups critiqued the presentations, along with Attorneys Lorrain A. Marcaida and Herbert Rodulph Bermas
      The training was in compliance with the provisions in the UN Convention Against Torture and the IRR of R.A. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009 which mandate that “. . . the education and information regarding the prohibition of torture are integrated in the training of law enforcement personnel . . .”, including personnel and officials with custodial and correctional functions.


December 21 and 28, 2012. Police officers undergoing training/workshop on human rights situations, issues and concerns during the Human Rights Training at RTS 5, Camp Simeon A. Ola, Legazpi City. Information Officer III Nelia B. Almonte served as the trainor/resource person.