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Hanns Seidel Foundation Philippines

Hanns Seidel Foundation Philippines
Unit 4D, Cypress Gardens Bldg.
112 VA Rufino St., Legaspi Village
1229 Makati City, Philippines
Tel.: +63-2-752-0249, +63-2-867-4329
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Promoting Human Rights-based Policing Activities

The Philippine National Police (PNP) strengthened its commitment to respect and adhere to the principles of human rights in its community policing activities with the signing of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Philippine Project Office, on February 27, 2012 at the PNP Headquarters in Quezon City between PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome and HSF Resident Representative Paul Schäfer. This activity supports the fifth element in the PNP’s 10-point administrative and operational priorities plan set in motion last September 2011 which promotes human rights-based policing, and the “full development of human rights help desks in all police stations and strict adherence to the basic tenets of human rights with emphasis on the police operational procedures to plug loopholes.”

The MOU supports institutional development and training activities for PNP human rights desk officers starting with training for forty senior police personnel who will then conduct follow-on training for over 150 human rights desk officers throughout the country. Using their own resources, the PNP will replicate similar training activities for the rest of their human rights desk officers, the initial set of forty participants serving as the core of human rights-based policing-proficient instructors and resource persons.

Furthermore, with assistance from the HSF, the PNP will develop a computer-based program to qualify levels of knowledge and understanding of human rights of police personnel to be used for certifying and evaluating promotion; and for instructional purposes, a video presentation to summarize the principles of human rights as these apply to policing activities with a shorter version to support the PNP’s public advocacy and information programs. The HSF also supports the PNP’s information and public outreach activities by offering to cover the cost of printing an updated version of the “PNP Guidebook on Human Rights-Based Policing,” which will be distributed nationwide to police stations and offices to enable units and individual personnel to orient themselves on the policing applications of human rights and international humanitarian law.

Throughout the year, information gleaned from training activities and participants’ feedback, experts’ consultation and discussions with the private sector and civil society groups will advise the PNP rights-based policing committee’s top level discussions with the objective of assisting the latter take steps to enhance the implementation of the PNP Human Rights Development Program. There will be further consultation with specific offices within the PNP, private agencies and civil society organizations to help develop and refine human rights-based policing standards and indicators by which actions of police agencies will be assessed.