Human rights ordinance in the city proposed
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