PIA News Service - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CHR spearheads observance of Nat’l Human Rights Consciousness Week

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 3 (PIA) – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga headed by Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor, is spearheading this year’s observance of the National Human Rights Consciousness Week from December 4-10.

“We encourage our partners from the government and private sectors to support this call by hanging streamers in the most conspicuous place in their office premises and by joining the simultaneous reading of the briefer on the said observance (which we sent them) during their office flag raising ceremony on December 9, 2013,” said Pintor.

Pintor also said that as chair of the Inter-Agency Committee of the National Human Rights Consciousness Week (NHRCW), pursuant to Republic Act No. 9201, the CHR is the one spearheading this year’s observance.

“December 10, 2013 culminates the week-long observance of the NHRCW. This day, we will also commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is the first international expression of the fundamental human rights of all people,” added Pintor.

It was also learned that as a state party to the Declaration, the Philippines assumes obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfill human rights. The obligation to respect means that the States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires the States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to fulfill means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights. 

This year’s observance is anchored on the theme “Wakasan ang Kawalang Pananagutan, Tiyakin ang Tapat na Pamamahala.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DENR, partners to hold Spatial Management & Visioning Workshop for Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 3 (PIA) – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Sector (DENR-PAWCZMS) through the Biodiversity Partnerships Project (BPP) in partnership with Lake Mainit Development Alliance will be holding the Spatial Management and Visioning Workshop for Lake Mainit Key Biodiversity Area on December 9-11, 2013 at the Gazeebo Pools and Restaurant, Cabadbaran City.

“The three-day activity is aimed to finalize the vision, mission and goal of the Lake Mainit Plan Transboundary; to come up with the alternative land and water use management options; to select preferred land and water use management options; and to formulate spatial and land-water use policy,” said DENR-Caraga OIC Regional Executive Director Nonito Tamayo.

Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the country. It has a total area of about 17,060 hectares and its lakeshore has total length of 62.10 kilometers.


The lake is divided almost equally between the provinces of Agusan and Surigao del Norte. It is most known for its rich fish resources. There are 31 barangays in the municipalities of Mainit, Alegria, Kitcharao and Jabonga. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)