Human Rights-Based Policing Advocacy Seminar was conducted on October 22-23, 2012 held at the Conference Room, General Santos City Police Office. The seminar was facilitated by the Regional Human Rights Desk,  attended by forty (40) PCOs and PNCOs from the different police stations and sections of this Unit.

October 22, 2012

Facilitators from Regional Human Rights Desk (RHRD) headed by PCINSP DANILO DELA CRUZ, Chief-RHRD discussed on the objective, expectation settings and conducted pre-test to the participants.

Ms. Rhodelia J. Mandolado from Commission on Human Rights Region 12, Koronadal City lectured about the Human Rights Foundation. After the discussion, participants were grouped into four (4) and given a scenario for their practical exercises.

PSINSP ADRIEL GRAN, Chief, Regional Legal Office 12 discussed on RA 7438  (Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation; Duties of Public Officers); RA 9745 (Anti-Torture Act of 2009); and PINSP VERDITHA C CRUZ, Chief, WCPD PRO 12 on RA 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004).

October 23, 2012

POP (Police Operational Procedure) and RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006) by RHRD. Briefing about a scenario was given by PCINSP DELA CRUZ to the participants. Group presentation were assessed by PSUPT ROLLY S OCTAVIO, DCDA, and PSUPT RITCHE S BUCOL, Chief, COPB. Afterwhich, after the role playing post-test was conducted.

Closing Ceremony:

Invocation – PO1 Ma. Eileen Faith Alipoyo; Presentation of Graduates – PINSPJANNET T CAGUIOA, CHRDO; Declaration of Graduates – PINSP EVA JOY E CAPURCOS, Dep, PHRDDB; Distribution of Certificates to the participants by the Guest Speaker HON. EDGARDO D LEYSON IV, Chairman, Human Rights & Blue Ribbon Committee.


GenSan Police is “Best City Police Office” nationwide again!

Congratulations again to the General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO)for holding on to their award as the country’s “Best City Police Office” by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for 2012.  The first time they won it was last year.

This accolade was due to the police office’s “outstanding performance” in overall operations in 2011 based on the evaluation by the PNP Central Office.

We salute the men and women of the General Santos City Police led by Senior Supt. Cedrick Train, city police director.

He will be accepting the honors with City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio from President Noynoy Aquino at the Camp Crame today, August 8, 2012.

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GenSan police is country’s best – PNP

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – For the second straight year, the General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) was adjudged by the Philippine National Police (PNP) as the country’s “best city police office.”

Senior Supt. Cedrick Train, city police director, said Friday the accomplishment was based on the unit’s “outstanding performance” in overall operations last year as evaluated and validated by the PNP central office.

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BEST CITY POLICE OFFICE — Two years in a row!

It was June 2011 when GSCPO gained the BEST CITY POLICE OFFICE Nationwide based on Accomplishment Reports for CY 2010.

Again this year, GSCPO is among the three contenders (General Santos City, Iligan City, Santiago City) for the BEST CITY POLICE OFFICE and giving all the best we could to outshine the other best nominees.

Field Evaluation and Validation Team (FEVT) for Best City Police Office (BCPO) arrived at General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) about 10:30 o’clock in the morning of July 9, 2012 and spearheded by PCSUPT DIOSDADO G RAMOS, CEO VI, Directorate for Intelligence with Team Members, PSSUPT DENNIS A SIERVO, PSSUPT ERICSON T VELASQUEZ, PSSUPT LEO A MARZAN and NUP Nhelbie F Cabelin.

The FEVT conducted series of evaluation and validation on different fields of concern based on the requirements being established for the BCPO Nationwide from July 9-10, 2012.

A month passed, our fingers crossed… Hoping for the triumph…

On  31 July 2012, the Official Memorandum received from the Office of The Chief PNP,  confirmed the verdict.

Two years in a row, General Santos City Police Office adjudged as winner for the Best of Best Unit Awards Category as — “BEST CITY POLICE OFFICE” nationwide.

On August 8, 2012 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, City Director, PSSUPT CEDRICK G TRAIN, CEO VI, will receive the award during the 111th Police Service Anniversary Celebration with his Excellency Benigno S Aquino III as Guest of Honor and Speaker at the Multi-Purpose Center (Main Hall), Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul


Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul. This solemnity is of ancient origin and is observed in the both the East and the West on the same day, which is always a sign of an ancient observance. In fact, for many Eastern Catholics and all Orthodox there is a two week fast leading up to this great feast, just as there is a two week fast that precedes the Solemnity of the Assumption (called the Dormition in the Christian East).

“Saints Peter and Paul, holy apostles, who sealed your testimony with your blood, pray for us, pray for Christ’s holy Church.”

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is annually observed on June 26 to remind people that human torture is not only unacceptable – it is also a crime.

Rehabilitation centers and human rights organizations around the world celebrate the UN’s International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26 each year. The day serves as a reminder to people that torture is a crime. This event gives everyone a chance to unite and voice their opinions against human torture.

Organizations, including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and Amnesty International, have played an active role in organizing events around the world to promote the day. Activities may include: photo exhibitions; the distribution of posters and other material to boost people’s awareness of issues related to human torture; and television advertisements.

On June 26, 1987, the Convention against Torture came into force. It was an important step in the process of globalizing human rights and acknowledging that torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment should be universally illegal. In 1997 the United Nations General Assembly decided to mark this historic date and designated June 26 each year as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

The first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998. It was a day when the United Nations appealed to all governments and members of civil society to take action to defeat torture and torturers everywhere. That same year marked the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

“Every day, women, men and children are tortured or ill-treated with the intention of destroying their sense of dignity and human worth. [...] By concretely supporting victims of torture, the international community will prove its unequivocal determination and commitment to fight torture and impunity.” —Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Torture seeks to annihilate the victim’s personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being. The United Nations has condemned torture from the outset as one of the vilest acts perpetrated by human beings on their fellow human beings.

Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

On 12 December 1997, by resolution 52/149, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a view to the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, (resolution 39/46), annex, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.



The United Nations’ (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society. This day is supported by individuals, communities and various organizations all over the world.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has, over the years, been actively involved in launching campaigns to mobilize support for drug control. The UNODC often teams up with other organizations and encourages people in society to actively take part in these campaigns.

Governments, organizations and individuals in many countries, including Vietnam, Borneo and Thailand, have actively participated in promotional events and larger scale activities, such as public rallies and mass media involvement, to promote the awareness of dangers associated with illicit drugs.

According to the UNODC, nearly 200 million people are using illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabis, hallucinogens, opiates and sedative hypnotics worldwide. In December 1987 the UN General Assembly decided to observe June 26 as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The UN was determined to help create an international society free of drug abuse. This resolution recommended further action with regard to the report and conclusions of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Following the resolution, the years 1991 to 2000 were heralded as the “United Nations Decade Against Drug Abuse”. In 1998 the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration to address the global drug problem. The declaration expresses UN members’ commitment to fighting the problem.


The campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health.

World No Tobacco Day is a day for people, non-governmental organizations and governments organize various activities to make people aware of the health problems that tobacco use can cause. These activities include:

  • Public marches and demonstrations, often with vivid banners.
  • Advertising campaigns and educational programs.
  • People going into public places to encourage people to stop smoking.
  • The introduction of bans on smoking in particular places or types of advertising.
  • Meetings for anti-tobacco campaigners.

Moreover, laws restricting smoking in particular areas may come into effect and wide reaching health campaigns may be launched.

Tobacco is a product of the fresh leaves of nicotiana plants. It is used as an aid in spiritual ceremonies and a recreational drug. It originated in the Americas, but was introduced to Europe by Jean Nicot, the French ambassador to Portugal in 1559. It quickly became popular and an important trade crop.

Medical research made it clear during the 1900s that tobacco use increased the likelihood of many illnesses including heart attacks, strokes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema and many forms of cancer. This is true for all ways in which tobacco is used, including:

  • Cigarettes and cigars.
  • Hand rolling tobacco.
  • Bidis and kreteks (cigarettes containing tobacco with herbs or spices).
  • Pipes and water pipes.
  • Chewing tobacco.
  • Snuff.
  • Snus (a moist version of snuff popular in some countries such as Sweden).
  • Creamy snuff (a paste consisting of tobacco, clove oil, glycerin, spearmint, menthol, and camphor sold in a toothpaste tube popular in India).
  • Gutkha (a version of chewing tobacco mixed with areca nut, catechu, slaked lime and other condiments popular in India and South-East Asia).

On May 15, 1987, the World Health Organization passed a resolution, calling for April 7, 1988, to be the first World No Smoking Day. This date was chosen because it was the 40th anniversary of the World Health Organization. On May 17, 1989, the World Health Organization passed a resolution calling for May 31 to be annually known as World No Tobacco Day. This event has been observed each year since 1989.