Friday, December 10, 2010

CHR: “rights cases”
halved in a decade

THE Commission on Human Rights in Bohol now records a significant decrease in human rights cases compared to about a decade ago.

In fact, had not the commission expanded its services to include an legal advice and inter-agency referral system that was not institutionalized in its past functions, the cases this year may have been much lower, admits Bohol CHR Rito Montes.

Montes showed statistics as he bared these developments during the recent Kapihan sa PIA aired live over DyTR.

Set up to commemorate the national Human Rights Week Celebration and adopting the theme Karapatang Pantao: Kilalanin, Tuparin at Pagyamanin, the forum on air with the CHR was aimed to update Boholanos of the human rights situation in Bohol.

In 1999, CHR Bohol noted 57 cases of human rights violations.

This was even lower compared to 2002 when at the height of Bohol’s struggles facing insurgency and holding it by the horns where some 88 cases were recorded.

In 2008 and 2009 however, the CHR said it noted only 24 cases on both years.

It added that their 30 cases form January to November of this year, may be understood because of the newly opened legal assistance and inter-agency referral system that was recently institutionalized and incorporated in the CHR mandate, Montes explained.

In its comparative data provided, CHR bared that that in 2010, while recorded cases of violations went to 30, 7 of these are actually legal advice and assistance cases, a new service by the CHR.

Bohol CHR officially submitted only 24 cases for docketing at the regional office this year, Montes bared. 

Even then, CHR regional Director Atty. Alejandro Alonso admitted that there are still some areas where the government has not fully addressed.

Alonso was quick to follow it up by citing the need to address the full implementation of the law against extra legal killings and enforced disappearances, which have been reported until the present.

Moreover Atty. Alonzo said human rights education continues to be the agency’s top priority in its efforts to be proactive in its human rights advocacy and violations monitoring mandates.

He also urged everybody’s help in helping to realize their agency mandate to actualize an empowered society. (racPIABohol)  

DCPNHS mentors work to
Tap their arts wellsprings

MOVES to further mainstream arts instruction and make a Bohol school a center for excellence are underway.

This, as the ordinary government teachers handling the Special Program for the Arts (SPA) at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (DCPNHS) reached down to the cores of their artistic well springs and rediscover their untapped potentials.

At a series of workshops held at the Meridian Hotel this past week, art mentors at the DCPHNHS who were handpicked to handle the fully art-leaded instructions could only do as much.

How can you teach what you do not master, he asked to elaborate on the need to equip the teachers and make hem artistically excellent, culturally sensitive and thus engage students to be globally competitive.

Many of these teachers are basically those whose orientations are ordinary classroom instructions.

How can they teach the arts when they are not that fully equipped, asked Lutgardo Labad who has been instrumental in inserting the special curriculum for the arts in the public secondary school here.

The aim then is to make these mentors rediscover their artistic cores by letting them into 12 workshops designed to facilitate their journey into rediscovering and making them excellent artists and performers first, he explained.

A staunch advocate of arts as a tool for people empowerment and community development, Labad said the special program for the arts is now a venue where students are helped to discover their artistic wellsprings and then tap on these to actualize their true potentials.

A recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) endowment to carve a new way at developing an untapped resource in students, DCPNHS started the program a few years ago and has produced performers and students continuing their training in the country’s art centers.

But only a few people know that such a special program is available for their students at a public school, where a venue for interdisciplinary approach to creativity and multiple-intelligence has not been mainstreamed.

Now, after the training, we would like to tell the Boholanos that we now have a reliable special program mentored by artist teachers who are more likely to evoke among their student artists the steps to artistic excellence and global competitiveness of Boholanos, said Labad.  (racPIABohol) 

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