June 18, 2013 - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) signed an agreement to further promote the concept of human rights in all training schools and institutions under the PPSC.
The PPSC, an attached agency of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), is responsible of providing mandatory and career education and training to the uniformed officials and personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
Among the PPSC's training schools and institutions where the subject on human rights will form part of their curricula include, the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), National Police College (NPC), National Forensic Science Training Institute (NFSTI), Police National Training Institute (PNTI), Fire National Training Institute (FNTI) and the Jail National Training Institute (JNTI).
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by CHR chairperson Loretta Ann R. Rosales and PPSC President Atty. Ruben R. Platon in simple ceremonies held at the PPSC office in Taguig City.
"The MOA is an affirmation of our commitment to promote the ideals and principles of human rights in the cadet corps, students of the PPSC and its constitutive units including members of the faculty, technical staff, instructors, and other personnel of the public safety institutions," Platon pointed out.
He explained that the agreement would be very instrumental in imparting the values of human rights to public safety officers particularly policemen and jail personnel, who are sometimes accused of human rights violation in the performance of their functions.
For her part, Rosales said the accord aims to forge strong ties between the PPSC and CHR as they undertake activities that require sustained partnership for the promotion of human rights.
The agreement covers five areas of cooperation such as, curriculum development, instructional material development, faculty development, programing and planning, and monitoring and evaluation.
Specifically, the accord seeks to further strengthen the integration of human rights subjects in the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety course of the PNPA, a four-year cadetship program for future officers of the police, fire and jail services.
Under the agreement, the CHR shall monitor the implementation of the PPSC's training programs related to human rights, as well as conduct periodic review of the curriculum, programs of instructions, plans and programs on human rights and international humanitarian law of the PPSC.
On the other hand, the PPSC shall adapt human rights as a general framework for its education and training programs, and develop modules that would enhance the capacity of students and trainees of the police, jail and fire services in upholding human rights.