The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will remain as watchdog of the government.
This was the stand of Commissioner Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit during the opening of the CHR office in Palawan recently.
“We are the watchdog of the government… nandito po kami, ang inyong lingkod para mag-serbisyo sa probinsya ng Palawan,” Dumpit said.
She said their agency’s mandate is to ensure that the government and all the systems attached to it remain faithful to the Philippine Constitution.
Dumpit reiterated that the CHR anchors its principles and standards of human rights on the constitutional mandate of every branch of the government.
The CHR provincial office is located in Barangay Tiniguiban along the national road.
Atty. Dennis Mosquera, CHR regional director, told Palawan News that the mandate of his office is to “promote and protect the human rights” of the people in the province.
“Sa ating mga kababayan na taga-Palawan, lumapit kayo sa aming tanggapan. Kung ano man po ang puwede naming maitulong ay sisikapin na maibigay namin sa inyo ‘yan,” Mosquera said.
He said their office will be manned by four law-expert individuals who would cater to the needs and concerns of the public.
Mosquera said that as part of their information campaign they will partner with schools and universities to educate the youth on basic human rights.
“Ang kadalasang natatanggap namin dito na inihihingi ng tulong ay patungkol sa lupa. Hindi naman kasing grabe ‘yan ng mga EJK (extra-judicial killings),” he said.
Mosquera also noted that their staff will also visit the marginalized sectors including jails to see the situation of those persons deprived of liberty (PDL).