A 2-day Human Rights Refresher Seminar for PRO 4A personnel was held from February 7 to 8, 2017 at the Multi-purpose Center, Camp Vicente Lim, Mayapa, Calamba City, Laguna. The training activity was attended by 52 participants. 

The seminar had the following objectives to: 

  • Enhance the knowledge and increase awareness on the application of relevant national and international human rights laws, principles, and standards among Police Intervention Officers who deal with motorist, road users and persons deprived of liberty for them to avoid committing human rights violations; and
  • Improve professional competencies and enhance level of cooperation between investigators and custodial officers.

Cited below were the highlights of the event, to wit; 

  • Day 1 of the HR Refresher Seminar was held on February 7, 2017 wherein PSI EMMANUEL SALVADOR ENRIQUEZ, C, ECDS of this office presented a video clip regarding the history of Human Rights which was followed by an interactive discussion on Human Rights-based Policing, Human Rights Basic Concepts and Principles, and Gender Sexuality and Human Rights. PSI ENRIQUEZ also cascaded to the participants the PNP HRAO P.A.T.R.O.L. PLAN 2025 Roadmap geared towards the full institutionalization of the respect for Human Rights as a way of life in the PNP. 
  • During the afternoon session, Atty. Rolando Recto, Staff Lawyer of Tanggol Kalikasan lectured on Effective Community Organizing while Atty. Dulce M. Ricafort-Fuller, lectured on Anti-Violence against Women and their Children (RA 9262), Anti-Child Abuse Law (RA 7610), and Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act (RA 9995). 
  • On Day 2 of the seminar held on February 8, 2017, PSUPT RAMY TAGNONG, Chief, Regional Legal Service 4A served as the resource speaker on arrest, unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, expulsion, grave threat, violation of domicile, abuse of legally procured search warrant, searching domicile without witness, maltreatment of prisoner without prejudice to torture and physical injuries, serious physical injuries, less serious injuries, slight physical injuries, execution of deeds by means of intimidation in relation to grave coercion, rape, extra judicial killing, Administrative Order No. 35, R.A. 7438, RA 9745 and RA 8049. 
  • During the afternoon session, PSI ENRIQUEZ, discussed RA No. 8371 “Indigenous Peoples Rights act of 1997/IPRA Law”, Understanding Islamic Culture and Tradition (Sharia Law) thereafter PSUPT ELMAR B SILLADOR lectured on Application of Human Rights in the conduct of Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) Custodial Facility Management. 

During the closing ceremony, the PCSUPT SIERVO emphasized to the participants the need to internalize what they have learned as this will surely play a significant role in our aspiration to fully institutionalize human rights-based policing system. Moreover, the participants undertook the commitment to implement and put into practice the things they have learned during the Refresher Seminar geared towards the objective of fully institutionalizing the respect for human rights as a way of life in the PNP.