The PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO) helmed by PCSUPT DENNIS A SIERVO, conducted a Rights-Based Policing Forum with PRO9 personnel and Civil Society Organizations at Lantaka Hotel in Zamboanga City on April 26, 2017.
“Rights-based policing should be a way of life for our police officers,” said PCSUPT DENNIS A SIERVO, during the “Philippine National Police (PNP) – Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Rights-Based Policing Forum” for police and CSO groups based in the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The one-day forum was attended by participants from the PNP-HRAO, Commission on Human Rights, academe, local CSOs, civic groups, other law enforcement agencies, representative of local government units, the religious and private sectors. PCSUPT JONATHAN V ABLANG - PRO9 DRDA, along with the legal officer of PRO9 and other HRAO PNP officer,composed the PNP contingent in the forum.
The objectives of said convention are to provide opportunities to discuss problems concerning Human Rights on the issues of Children-in-conflict with the law, congested custodial facilities, arrest, use of search and seizure, person under police custody and fatal shooting/torture/ill treatment; identify administrative remedies to address the problems; enhance understanding of Human Rights issues and gaps; and develop effective approaches in addressing human rights issues with the communities and Civil Society Organizations (CSO).
The event will give the PNP and CSO representatives the opportunity to network with each other and discuss common issues, and at the same time for the PNP to describe its police operational procedures which is to respect the basic rights of persons particularly in dealing with suspects or those who were charged in the enforcement of the law. One way to increase police’s operational effectiveness is for them to network with civic groups, CSOs, the local government and the private sector for the PNP to draw additional resources and obtain information critical to deterring crime.
In this way, the police will better understand their working environment and be responsive to the needs of the community. Similarly, in order to build trust and cooperation, CSOs and community leaders should be familiar with the legal basis and parameters which determine police response.