CHR Negros Dismayed with P1K Budget

As expected, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Occidental is dismayed with the P1,000 budget for 2018 as approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday.

“We at CHR fear what will happen to us in 2018. Our concern is on our services, security of tenure and the mandate of the agency to protect human rights,” Romeo Baldevarona, CHR provincial head said yesterday.

Baldevarona said, their agency “is constitutionally-mandated under the 1987 Constitution.”

“We believe politics has intervened in the CHR especially in the release of funds,” he said.

He, however said that they are still hopeful that the Senate will decide otherwise.

Baldevarona denied claims that the agency is useless.

“Maybe they did not read the mandate of the CHR. Or they either refused to read or understand it,” he pointed out.

He said that the Philippines has nine treaty obligations that we need to comply with.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) proposed a P65-million budget for CHR for 2018, a reduction of its 2017 budget of P724.9 million.

On Tuesday night, the House of Representatives voted 119-32 in favor of giving the CHR, which has criticized the Rodrigo Duterte administration’s war on drugs due to the high number of slain drug suspects, a measly P1,000 budget.

The Senate finance committee has approved the CHR’ P678-million budget for 2018.*(NDB)