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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



12 September 2018 08:22:07 PM

House Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Cheryl Deloso-Montalla (2nd District, Zambales) said she is not surprised that the Philippines has been regarded as one of those countries that have the best practices in terms of providing psycho-social services to refugees. Speaking during the first “Parliamentarians’ Forum on Refugee Awareness and Protection Mechanisms” hosted by the Committee, Deloso-Montalla said that long before the country became parties to conventions and agreements on refugees, the Philippine government had already exhibited a certain level of openness to the issues on refugees, migration and displacement of persons. The country had hosted several refugees—from white Russians to Jewish refugees, to Vietnamese boat people to Iranian refugees, to refugees from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and to the handful of Rohingya refugees who managed to make it to the Philippines. The forum was jointly organized by the Committee , the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). With Deloso-Montalla at the forum were : Reps. Glona Labadlabad and Arlene Brosas; incumbent Member of the Parliament of Malaysia Hon. Charles Santiago, who is also the Chairperson of the APHR; former Member of the Parliament of Thailand and current Board Member of APHR, Hon. Kasit Piromya; anthropologist and expert on humanitarian responses in Asia, Lilianne Fann; deputy of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, lawyer Modesta Chungalao; APRRN Interim Secretary General Evan Jones; and representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Justice (DOJ) and Philippine National Police (PNP). | Ma. Victoria Palomar /Gilbert Engay