Upholding Human Rights is the essence and highest goal of law enforcement. The implementation of laws, preservation of peace and order, and the very purpose of governance is to ensure that the inalienable rights of all persons is respected, protected, and fulfilled.
In the past, the police together with other agencies of the security sector were associated with state-centered policies and actions that, when left unrestrained, led to excesses.
Today, the Philippine National Police works hand-in-hand with concerned government agencies and non-government organizations in mainstreaming human rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Since 2007, we have introduced unprecedented policies that reshaped how we view, approach, and implement police plans and strategies. Through positive interventions in training, we developed and introduced new police concepts and skills that are more responsive to the present legal frameworks, social demands, and moral standards. Cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights, other national human rights institutions, civil society, and other sectors of society is closer than ever. The necessary mechanisms have been set into place to ensure that human rights are protected and violators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The adoption of the Performance Governance System (PGS) also enhanced our way of doing tasks and measuring successes. Through the Performance Governance System, the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office continues to refine its plans and strategies so that clear objectives are set, targets are identified, and accomplishments and areas for improvement are fully recorded and worked on. While much progress has been posted, there is still more work to be done.
As we strive for excellence, we need the cooperation of other PNP units and offices and the support of various sectors. Indeed, success can only be attained if all of us will be committed to the task of improving police service and to the vision of building a more just and humane society.
PBGEN DENNIS ACRE SIERVO
Chief, PNP Human Rights Affairs Office