by Ben Serrano
BUTUAN City- Some 208 Philippine Army officers and personnel from Cagayan de Oro City-based fourth infantry division just finished a five-day human rights empowerment training held at the Headquarters of the fourth infantry in Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro, says Lt. Col. Xerxes A. Trinidad,chief of the Public Affairs Office, 4th ID.
In a press release forwarded to POLITIKO.com, Trinidad said aside from the 208 army frontliners, some 300 students of the Restructured Re-Enlistment Training (RRT) had undergone HR lectures to ensure that every soldier should strictly adhere to human rights in times of crisis like this COVID19 Pandemic.
The 208 Army officers and personnel were coming from the different brigades and battalions of the division scattered in Region 10 and the Rgeion 13, the Caraga region.
Due to the observance of the COVID-19 health protocols, the training was conducted through a video teleconferencing (VTC).
The five-day training from April 27 to May 1, 2020, was meant to capacitate the frontliners deployed in the different quarantine control points under the area of responsibility of the army division for them to implement, adhere, and respect the rights of every citizen.
Major General Franco Nemesio M Gacal AFP, the 4th ID Division Commander, gave emphasis that while frontliners conform to the guidelines and policies as they perform their duties and responsibilities, they should also be able to maintain peace and order, and make sure that rights of every individual are protected.
“We just want to make sure that every member of 4ID is equipped with the right knowledge not only on the COVID-19 health protocols, but also on the adherence of basic human rights while performing their duties in their respective QCPs,” Gacal concludes. (bs/politiko)
Photos supplied by 4th ID Philippine Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Trinidad