The Commission on Human Rights Region 1 and Urdaneta City University both signed the memorandum of understanding in promoting and protecting human rights among the students and personnel of the University on December 7, 2022.
The endeavor sealed that through education, UCUians could deal with more complex issues of such rights namely, fair labor, development and quality education, clean environment, violence against women and children, anti-loyalism, and data privacy.
Regional Director Atty. Harold D. Kub-aron remarked that unity and teamwork with UCU will lead to actualizing their goals.
“The Memorandum of Agreement that we designed today between the CHR and UCU, signals how working together helps us realize our goals toward the promotion and protection of all human rights. Likewise, this partnership can help us overcome the challenges of advocacy to the growing and evolving young generation,” stated Kub-aron.
Mr. Danilo T. Balino, a CHR representative, further added the commission is willing to offer its doors to the University.
“There are so many things to be done in this partnership. Definitely, we can do so much if we collaborate with each other. In our partnership, we can always provide technical assistance to UCU anytime they want. We can provide you with IEC materials, resource persons, and other information materials that can be of help to the University.”
“Kung anuman ang human rights concerns ng University, we are more than willing, what more in this partnership that we have forged, 'di ba? Ngayon na partners na tayo, it could be an initiative ng University, or ours to have an activity, all year long,” Sir Balino added.
The College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) and the National Service Training Program (NSTP), together with the officials and other concerned departments of the University, were assigned to develop and pilot the training and activities on human rights education in response to the collaboration.
“We cannot overemphasize the importance of this collaboration, and perhaps in doing this, we can disseminate if not only train the employees, the officials, and also the students on the importance of the universal declaration of human rights,” said in gratitude by Chief Operating Officer Atty. Dar A. Diga to the forming of a partnership with CHR.
The MOU signing coincides with the observance of Human Rights Consciousness Week this year, which starts on December 4 and culminates on December 10, in accordance with RA 9201. Human Rights Day is celebrated on December 10 worldwide.