Commission on Human Rights to put up offices in Palawan

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is planning to put up offices in Palawan, one in North and one in South, to cater to complaints of human rights violations in the province, said Marilou Sebastian, Desk Officer and Special Investigator of CHR.

“Pero nasa planning stage pa lang po, for budgeting pa. We can’t give fixed date yet as to when it will be established,” Sebastian clarified.

While the offices are yet to be established in the province, the CHR Regional Office have already set up a Desk Office in Tagaytay since February this year, specifically in the office of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay headed by Most Rev.Edgardo Juanich.

As of press time, there are already 10 cases docketed in the province or under investigation by CHR.

“Karamihan po dito issue ng land grabbing, issue sa mga katutubo at complaints on right to life,” she said.

Aside from the cases filed or to be filed, the CHR is continuously giving legal forms of advice.

Sebastian explained that they are not yet on full-blown operations since they have just started, with no physical office yet. Nevertheless, she appealed to everyone who consider themselves as victims of human rights violation to come to their Desk Office in Taytay where the Commission will be ready to help.

Meanwhile, CHR is set to facilitate a community dialogue in Coron on June 23-25 to discuss any possible cases of land abuse, including ancestral domain issues.

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