Highlights of PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO’s Accomplishments

(June 10, 2015 to July 10, 2015)

As the Human Rights Affairs Office braces for challenges and opportunities for CY 2015, we proudly look back at the string of achievements and accomplishments of PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO during his first 30 days as the newly designated Acting Chief, Human Rights Affairs Office.

Through strategic planning, well-managed implementation of projects, and close coordination with all stakeholders, major accomplishments were attained through the adoption of HRAO Program Thrust “Respect for HR as a Way of Life in the PNP”, in the four (4) components of the PNP Human Rights Development Program, otherwise known as LOI Pamana, as follows: 

  1. Institutional Policy Development – To review and formulate police operational policies attuned to the evolving issues of human rights protection.
  2. Capability Building - To develop the capacity of police officers on human rights consciousness and for them to embrace in their career the HR philosophy and principles—not just a recipient of change, but a prime-mover for human resource development on human rights.
  3. Promotion of Human Rights – To reduce the incidence of human rights violations by establishing a system of integrity recognition to deserving members of the PNP who have exemplified themselves to the cause of human rights and to institute legal measures to address offenses committed by State actors as well as by non-State actors.
  4. Multi-Sectoral Cooperation – To enhance stronger cooperation between the PNP and relevant partners from the government, NGOs, and other sectoral groups, as well as international bodies, in pursuit of the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights principles in the country.

   

SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 A. Institutional Policy Development

1. Formulation of Human Rights Policies and Advisories. As part of our program thrust to fully institutionalize the respect for human rights as a way of life in the PNP, this Office is coming up with various Human Rights Advisories to be translated into pocket cards that will serve as a guide to all PNP personnel in their underlying duty to uphold human rights and the rule of law, at all times. It will also help improve the safety awareness through community-oriented and human rights-based policing of the PNP. HR Policies and Advisories which are undergoing review and approval by  the higher authorities include the following:

  1. Human Rights Advisory on Civil Disturbance Management;
  2. Human Rights Advisory on Arrest;
  3. Human Rights Advisory on Checkpoints and Checkpoints;
  4. Human Rights Advisory on Custodial Investigation;
  5. Human Rights Advisory on Police Officers conducting Custodial Investigation;
  6. Human Rights Advisory on Airport Frisking and Luggage Examination; and
  7. Human Rights Desk Basic Procedure in Receiving Complaint.

Upon approval by the higher authorities, this Office will be printing Human Rights Advisories regarding the conduct of CDM, Arrest, Custodial Investigation and Checkpoint for 20,000 copies each to be distributed from July 13 to 15, 2015 to PNP personnel who will be deployed for field duty in connection with the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. AQUINO III on July 27, 2015 at the commencement of the 16th Congress.  

2. Creation of the HRAO Website. The creation of PNP HRAO website is in line with the PNP policy on transparency wherein human rights advisories, policies, case updates, programs and initiatives toward the protection and promotion of human rights will now be visible to the community through the web.

3. Crafting of Policy/Human Rights Advisory for PNP personnel in engaging with the Muslim Community. Consultative meetings are being undertaken with Muslim PNP personnel to determine legitimate Muslim cultural practices that are consistent with Philippine Laws in coming up with a policy and/or advisory for our personnel who will be engaging with the Muslim community. The recent meeting was held on July 3, 2015 at the HRAO PSMU Office which was presided by Acting Chief, HRAO and was attended by Assistant Chief, HRAO, other HRAO staff, PSUPT EBRA M. MOXSIR of Chaplain Service, PCINSP JOEL M. USMAN of DICTM, and PO3 Arman T. Guiamelod of CPSM.

4. Development of Mobile Application for the Human Rights Advisories. The HRAO in coordination with ITMS is presently developing a mobile application where Human Rights Advisories crafted by HRAO may be uploaded. The purpose of this is to make said advisories very accessible most especially to those in the field, aside from posting said advisories at the PNP website and printing in a pocket card.

 

 B. Capability Building 

  1. Recruitment of additional HRAO personnel. To meet the operational constraints of this Office due to the low HRAO personnel fill-up, PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO was able to recruit 5 SAF PNCOs to join the Human Rights Affairs Office. Further, 6 SAF PNCOs are again projected to join the HRAO, thus from a total of only 22 personnel, HRAO has now a total strength of 33 personnel. 
  1. Meeting with the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC). A meeting with Ms. Norma Ludevice, HR’s Officer and Education Specialist and Mr. Evaristo Santos was held on June 30, 2015 at the PPSC Office to conduct a workshop which has the objective to review the existing Modules and POIs of the PNP and PPSC in all mandatory courses with the inclusion  of human rights subjects. 
  1. ALG Training of Trainers in Mindanao Area. As a continuation of our joint project with the Alternative Law Group (ALG), the Armed Forces of the Philippines- Human Rights Office (AFP-HRO), the Ninoy-Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) of Germany and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) dubbed as Series of  Human Rights Training of Trainers (TOTs), the 3rd Leg of the TOT in Mindanao was held from July 6-10, 2015 at the Royale Mandaya Hotel, along J. Palma Street, Poblacion Street, Davao City.  6 Police Provincial Human Rights Officers from PROs 11, 12, and 13 attended the said event. Moreover, PCINSP EMMANUEL SALVADOR L. ENRIQUEZ, Chief, IPPS of this Office attended the TOT as panelist and resource speaker. During the said training, participants were required to actively participate and share their work experience on law enforcement. After the training, they will be tapped to become active member of a pool of local trainers who can facilitate human rights training in their area using the output module developed under the Community-Based Program. 
  1. Meeting with DHRDD. On-going meetings are conducted with HRDD for the inclusion of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law to all Managerial and Supervisory Level Courses for PNP personnel. The latest meeting was held on June 25, 2015 at the DHRDD Library with PSSUPT RANULFO E. DEMIAR, Chief General Doctrine Development Division of HRDD.

 

  C. Human Rights Promotion 

  1. Inspection of custodial detention facilities (CDF). This is a regular activity of the 17 PROs, HSS and AKG to ensure that persons under custody are treated in a humane and dignified manner and to uphold their individual rights pursuant to human rights standards and existing laws. The inspection is also being conducted to monitor observance of established procedures and guidelines in detention management and to improve the living conditions of detainees. For the period, a total of 630 Police Stations submitted inspections reports and a total of 939 lock-up cells were inspected, with a total of 2,038 detainees (1,856 males, and 182 females) monitored.
  2. Visitation to the CIDG Lock-up Cell. One of the concerns raised during the courtesy call with the Chairperson of CHR is the assistance sought from this Office regarding the conditions of Rosanna “Sharon” Cabusao and Adelberto Silva who were arrested on June 1, 2015 and currently detained in one of the holding areas of the CIDG-NCR. To act on this report, PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO, after proper coordination with the Officers of CIDG, sent PCINSP ZOSIMA NABOR of this Office at the CIDG to monitor the conditions of the said detainees and ensure that they are being treated humanely.

 

 D. Multi-Sectoral Partnership and Cooperation 

  1. Participation of the PNP in the Celebration of the “June 26 UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims” In line with process excellence objective of the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 which is improving public safety awareness through community oriented and human rights-based policing, the Philippine National Police joined the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC),  the Amnesty International Philippines (AIPH), Balay Rehabilitation Center (BALAY), Medical Action Group (MAG), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances (FIND), with the support of different government agencies, in  the annual “Basta! Run Against Torture” on June 27, 2015, with the theme: “KRIMEN ANG TORTURE!” BRAT IX focused on addressing the need to implement RA No. 9745 in its fullest extent centering on accountability and rehabilitation as the important aspects of the law that need focus and the adoption of a National Committee for the Prevention of Torture in the country to prevent acts of torture in places where persons are deprived of their liberty.
  2. Courtesy Call on the Chairpersons of the Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board. PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO together with some HRAO Staff, made courtesy call on the Hon. Jose Luis C. Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Hon. Lina M. Sarmiento, Chairperson of Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board on July 3, 2015. During our courtesy call on Chairperson of the CHR, we were able to showcase the HRAO Strategy Road Map which underscores the programs and initiatives of the HRAO on how to fully institutionalize the respect for human rights as a way of life in the PNP by 2025 as part of the Performance Governance System-PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030. Discussed also during the courtesy call were the actions that will be undertaken by the CHR and PNP to address cases of human rights violations as well as further strengthening the partnership between the said government agencies in the conduct of human rights trainings for our PNP personnel. 

On the other hand, the courtesy call made on Hon. Lina M. Sarmiento, paved the way for a strengthened cooperation and assistance on the validation of claims under RA No. 10368 which recognizes and provides reparations to the victims of gross human rights violations committed during the Martial Law Regime. 

  1. PNP HRAO Multi-Sectoral Advisory Council Meeting. The Multi-Sectoral Advisory Meeting (MSAC) was held on June 15, 2015, 10:00 AM at PSMU Office, HRAO Camp Crame, Quezon City. The meeting was attended by members of the HRAO MSAC, TWG, and PSMU. Highlights of the meeting included the oath taking of the new members of the PNP HRAO MSAC in the persons of Vicenta A. Alinsug- President, CPRM Consultancy Inc.; Ms. Carina Agarao- Asst Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Jollibee Group of Companies; Mr. Emmanuel E. Buendia- Team Leader Governance, United Nations Development Programme; and Ms. Frances Bea C. Cupin- Multi-Media Reporter, Rappler. The revised HRAO P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2025 was also presented during the said meeting followed by an open forum which focused on the role of the Advisory Council on the program of the HRAO. MSAC members signified their intention to support the HRAO programs particularly in the advocacy and monitoring of human rights violations. 

4. Preparations for the Visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). A meeting was held on July 7, 2015, 1:30 PM at the DSWD Central Office to discuss the itinerary and other preparatory activities on the scheduled visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (UNSR-IDP) in the Philippines which will commence on July 21, 2015 and end on July 31, 2015. The objectives of the UNSR visit included, among others, the assessment of how the country is able to implement Human Rights principles in areas of displacement, and identification of the learning experiences on displacement as caused by conflict, natural disaster, and economic development. Summary of displacement sites to be visited by the UNSR-IDP included Maguindanao, Tampakan, Tacloban, and Zamboanga.

5. Courtesy Call and Meeting with the International Committee of the Red Cross. Daniel Agob, ICRC Regional Delegate to the Police and Special Forces, Southeast Asia, and Atty. Evecar Cruz Ferrer, made a courtesy call on PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO on June 26, 2015 at HRAO to introduce the plans and programs of ICRC and to discuss the series of IHL Trainings for PNP SAF and Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB)/Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC)” to be undertaken in August and September in Mindanao.

6. Meeting with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) of Germany. A meeting was held on July 9, 2015 at the HRAO PSMU Office with   Paul G. Schaefer, Resident Representative of the HSF and Mr. Noel Ruiz,  Project Coordinator, HSF, to discuss plans, programs and activities not covered by the MOA between the HSF and PNP. PSSUPT DENNIS A. Siervo likewise recommended for another MOA with the HSF regarding the linking of the HSF and HRAO website which  will be launched next week. Further, he informed Mr. Schafer, among others, of the plan to conduct a National Summit on Human Rights  in cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights which will be attended by Security Sectors, National Government Organizations and Civil Society Organizations. 

  1. Other Trust-Building Efforts with:

 

a. PNP/Other Government Agencies/Institutions

Date

Activity

Outcome/Remarks/

Salient Points

Venue

June 19, 2015

Briefing on PNP HR Initiatives

Conducted briefing during the visit of US Human Rights and Labor.

DIDM Conference Room, Camp Crame, QC

June 25, 2015

PGS Strategy Operations  Review (SOR)

Conducted SOR on  HRAO PATROL Plan 2025 Scorecard with PSINSP LORY E. TARRAZONA, Chief, Initiative Management and Strategy Planning Section, Scorecard Management Division, CPSM

HRAO, Camp Crame, Quezon City

June 30, 2015

Meeting with PPSC

Conducted review of existing POIs for all mandatory courses offered by PPSC to identity needed HR subject for inclusion

PPSC, EDSA Quezon City

July 1, 2015

Meeting with SILG

Discussion on the Oplan Lambat Sibat and other PNP matters

Star Lounge, NHQ PNP, Camp Crame, Quezon City

  

 b. Non-Government Organizations

Date

Activity

Outcome/Remarks/

Salient Points

Venue

June 15, 2015

Meeting with the Alternative Law Group

Discussed were the review, comments, and suggestions during the two previous Community-Based Dialogue Training of Trainers seminars conducted in Cebu City and Antipolo City.

ALG Office, Mayo Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

June 15, 2015

Stakeholders’ Dialogue with transport operators

The activity aimed to intensify awareness on existing government policies on accessibility of persons with disabilities to all modes of operating public transport utilities

Occupational Safety and Health Center, North Avenue corner Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City

June 24, 2015

Meeting with Mr. Michel Frank  A. Alar, Swisspeace Local Consultant in the Philippines, TJRC

Discussed during the meeting was the project entitled “TJRC Human Rights Archives”. The project is to produce an overview of existing files, records, and archives of governmental and non-governmental institutions in the Philippines and abroad pertaining to alleged human rights violation associated with the Bangsamoro conflict from 1946 or from the beginning of an independent Philippine Republic, to the present.

HRAO, Camp Crame, Quezon City

July 2, 2015

Meeting with Stakeholders

Discussion of the projects “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on HR Promotion and Protection Between the ALP, PNP,  CSOs, and Local Communities.”

PNP HRAO, Camp Crame, Quezon City

July 8, 2015

Meeting with the Amnesty International Philippines

Discussed were the report published by Amnesty International entitled “Above the Law, Police Torture in the Philippines and instructions taken by the PNP in report thereto as well as the initiatives and programs of the PNP HRAO in the promotion of human rights.

PNP HRAO, Camp Crame, Quezon City

                                                                            

  1. Hearings/Inquiries/RTDs/TWG Meetings Attended:

 a. Department of Justice

Date

Activity

Outcome/Remarks/

Salient Points

Venue

June 18, 2015

AO 35 TWG Meeting

Discussed were the following:

·  Review of the previous minutes

·  Presentation of new cases for deliberation  (inclusion and exclusion); and

·  P-Noy report on the SONA

OPG Conference Room, DOJ, Manila

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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