February 4, 2016, Quezon City- The Philippine National Police (PNP), in cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Asia Pacific Forum (APF), and Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), holds today, the 1st National Summit on Torture Prevention at Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City which aims to boost collaboration and cooperative efforts among the PNP, CHR, and other national agencies towards a common objective of improving the promotion and protection of human rights in the country with emphasis on the prevention on the occurrence of torture.
Honorable Jose Luis Martin C Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights is expected to formally open the momentous event with an inspirational message while PDDG DANILO S CONSTANTINO is expected to give the closing message and commitment of support on behalf of the PNP to usher in the one-day event.
Up for discussion at the Summit are the CHR’s policy advisories on “Visible human rights based policing in the community, Ensuring Transparency and Accountability under Republic Act No. 9745 (Anti-Torture Law), Protection of Detainees’ Rights, and the State obligation to respect, protect and fulfill human rights” which will be presented by the Honorable Commissioners of the CHR; legislative agenda and DBM initiatives related to the PNP modernization program; and training on human rights-based detention management. Panelists from the PNP include TDC, TDL, representatives from DIDM and DICTM, TDHRDD, and TDPL.
In a press briefing held on February 3, 3016 at the Public Information Office, Camp Crame, Quezon City, PCSUPT DENNIS A SIERVO, Chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office, explained that the Summit is the culmination of the nationwide implementation of the Torture Prevention Ambassador (TPA) project of the Commission on Human Rights.
The first phase was implemented through the conduct of Custodial Facility Visits and Focus Group Discussions on Torture Prevention and Human Rights to selected police stations nationwide while the second phase started on June 26, 2015 through the conduct of nationwide Consultative Regional Based Dialogue on Torture Prevention in line with the celebration of the International Day in Support for the Victims of Torture.
Meanwhile, the summit is expected to gather 200 participants from the different sectors of the government.