Beng forms human rights action team PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2015 12:04

by  Claudine Uniana

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday Executive Order No. BC 137-2015 constituting the City Human Rights Action Team (CHRAcT) and defining its duties and responsibilities.

Co-chaired by the city administrator and the city legal officer, the newly-created panel shall be composed of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, the City Planning and Development Coordinator, the City Health Officer, the Human Rights Affairs Officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the City Schools Division Superintendent, Barangay Human Rights Action Officer (BHRAO) Association President and at least one representative from the Civil Society Organizations/Non-Government Organizations/People’s Organizations that advocate human rights.

The executive order also defines the duties and responsibilities of the CHRAcT, which include the development and implementation of a human rights plan of the local government programs; the integration of human rights programs, projects and activities in the annual budget appropriation; recommendation of appropriate legislations to the Human Rights Committee of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, among others.

The executive order also created a CHRAcT Secretariat that shall be composed of the representative from the offices of the City Administrator, City Planning and Development Coordinator, and City Social Welfare and Development Officer.

The organization of the CHRAcT is in accordance with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Joint Memorandum No. 1, s. 2014 dated December 16, 2014 mandating “the creation of Human Rights Action Team (CHRAcTs) at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels to ensure the mainstreaming of human rights through rule of law and access to justice at the level of provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays and to ensure that all LGU’s offices shall operate in a human-rights-based manner.”

Furthermore, the creation of the CHRAcT “aims of ensuring accountability of local authorities in the promotion, protection and full realization of all human rights, in particular the disadvantaged and ordinary people; and instilling great public awareness on human rights at the grassroots level.—Claudine Uniana