“On this day, I call on each and every member of the Philippine National Police to remain committed to humanitarian principles. Together, let us work to maintain peace in our society and fulfill our solemn oath to serve and protect the civilians and non-combatants. We in the Philippine National Police must strive to become beacons of hope and vanguards of humanitarian action”. – PDDG DANILO S CONSTANTINO, The Deputy Chief PNP for Operations during the Closing Ceremony of the Human Rights Officers Cluster Training of Trainers for PROs 4A, 4B, and 5 at Eurotel North EDSA, Quezon City.
August 2015. Consistent with one of the process excellence objectives of the Performance Governance System-PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030 which is to improve public safety awareness through community oriented and human rights-based policing, the Philippine National Police through the Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO), in collaboration with Department of National Defense, Department of Foreign Affairs , Commission on Human Rights, Department of Education, Department of Justice, International Committee of the Red Cross, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police spearheaded the month long celebration of the “International Humanitarian Law Day (IHL)”.
Anchored on the theme: “Pagkilala at Pagpapahalaga sa IHL, Responsibilidad ng Lahat”, the Philippine National Police joined other government agencies and the international community in the kick-off activities of the IHL Day held on August 10, 2015 during the Monday Flag raising ceremony which highlighted among others, the simultaneous reading of the IHL Message by the different Regional Directors of the 17 Police Regional Offices in their respective PROs.
Multi-sectoral dialogues, inspection of lock-up cells, and series of human rights and IHL trainings, as well as radio and TV interviews were included in the lineup of activities.
The Celebration culminated on August 26, 2015 with the successful conduct of the 2nd Leg of the Human Rights Officers Cluster Training of Trainers (TOT) for 32 Police Human Rights Officers of Police Regional Offices 4A, 4B, and 5 from August 24-26, 2015 at Eurotel North EDSA, Bulacan St., Quezon City in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany (HSF).
"The 3-day Training of Trainers is premised on the need to continuously provide training opportunities to our core training pool of human rights-based policing experts, help ensure individual growth, and on a collective note, the teams’ over-all/unit-level capability enhancement to ensure that human rights and IHL are respected and protected in our country”, PSSUPT DENNIS A. SIERVO, Acting Chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office espoused in his welcome remarks on August 24, 2015.
On the other hand, PDIR FRANCISCO A UYAMI, JR., The Acting Chief of Directorial Staff delivered the key note speech during the Opening Ceremony to usher-in the three-day event.
“What we need to focus on is how to rekindle our sense of kinship, empathy towards others, or the ability to see others as we see ourselves. We need to be empathetic to the needs of others, most especially, those whom we have sworn to serve and protect”, PDIR UYAMI explained.
The Training of Trainers aimed to enhance the knowledge of the Police Regional Human Rights Officers (HRO) for them to have a deeper understanding on the practical applications of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Meanwhile, PDDG DANILO S CONSTANTINO, The Deputy Chief PNP for Operations graced the Closing Ceremony of the training as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
Discussions delved on the inclusion of Human Rights-based Policing Principles (HRBP) in practical case-based training, the indispensible role of HRO Trainers in conducting further trainings for other Human Rights Officers and other police officers, Communication and Networking Skills Improvement as well as pilot-testing and administration of HRBP activities under the PNP and HSF Partnership for 2015. The training was capped with the presentation of Training Activities to be conducted by the said participants in their respective areas of jurisdiction.