Hu­man rights or­di­nance in the city pro­posed

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

THERE is an ur­gent need to es­tab­lish and op­er­a­tional­ize the Barangay Hu­man Rights Ac­tion Cen­ter (BHRAC) with a func­tional Barangay Hu­man Rights Ac­tion Of­fi­cer (BHRAO) in or­der to re­al­ize the man­date and in­ten­tion of Repub­lic Act 9745 oth­er­wise known as the “Anti-Tor­ture Act of 2009” and in ac­cor­dance with other hu­man rights’ laws and in­ter­na­tional covenants on hu­man rights where the Philip­pine is a sig­na­tory.

With the above back­drop City Coun­cilor Faustino Olowan has in­tro­duced a pro­posed or­di­nance en­ti­tled, “An Or­di­nance Re­in­forc­ing Res­o­lu­tion Num­bered 371, series of 2011 en­ti­tled, “Urg­ing all barangays in the City of Baguio to es­tab­lish and ra­tio­nal­ize a barangay hu­man rights ac­tion cen­ter (BHRAC) and to train a barangay hu­man rights ac­tion of­fi­cer (BHRAO),” by di­rect­ing all barangay of­fi­cials in the City of Baguio to create and/or op­er­a­tional­ize the BHRAC with “func­tional” barangay hu­man rights ac­tion of­fi­cer in their re­spec­tive barangays as man­dated by law and pro­vid­ing the fund of one mil­lion two hun­dred and eighty thou­sand pe­sos there­for to be taken from the sav­ings of the 2018 an­nual bud­get of the city gov­ern­ment.”

As ex­plained by coun­cilor Olowan in his pro­posed mea­sure the in­ten­tion of the or­di­nance is to es­tab­lish an ef­fec­tive in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism for every barangay in the City of Baguio which will re­ceive and re­fer com­plaints of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions within their re­spec­tive ju­ris­dic­tions and to in­clude the mon­i­tor­ing of such vi­o­la­tions to fur­ther re­al­ize the in­ten­tion of the Philip­pine Hu­man Rights’ Laws and other In­ter­na­tional Agree­ments on hu­man rights.

Un­der the pro­posed Or­di­nance aside from the op­er­a­tional­iza­tion of the BHRAC and the BHRAO

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