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Zambales lawmaker leads parliamentarians forum on refugees issue

Sep 12, 2018 @ 3:28

Zambales congresswoman Cheryl Deloso-Montalla led on Tuesday the first ever parliamentarians’ forum on the protection of refugees.

The Parliamentarians Forum on Refugee Awareness and Protection Mechanism was hosted by the House Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Deloso-Montalla, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

According to a statement from the House of Representatives, the event was organized jointly by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Deloso-Montalla, who is Zambales 2nd District Representative, said in her opening remarks that the forum is meant to create and enhance mechanisms for the protection of refugees not only in the Philippines, but in the international front.

She noted that the Philippines is just one of the two member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that have ratified the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

“The Philippines has to its credit not just being ‘primus inter pares’ or ‘first among equals’ within ASEAN on the matter of refugees awareness, but more significantly, our country has again demonstrated its willingness and commitment to share in its international responsibilities, as an active member of ASEAN and a founding member of the United Nations,” Deloso-Montalla said.

She gave credit as well to the APHR and APRRN for playing key roles in establishing institutional linkages with the House Committee on Human Rights and some members of the Philippine congress to raise the level of awareness of legislators on the issue of refugees and its global impact.(

Among the resource speakers at the forum are Charles Santiago, incumbent member of the Parliament of Malaysia and Chairperson of the APHR, and Kasit Piromya, former member of the Parliament of Thailand who is currently a Board Member of APHR.

They also include Lilianne Fan, an expert on humanitarian responses in Asia; Evan Jones, the Interim Secretary General of APRRN; Sussi Prapakranant, programme officer of APRRN; and, representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Justice, Philippine National Police, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.The Parliamentarians Forum on Refugee Awareness and Protection Mechanism was hosted by the House Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Deloso-Montalla, at the House of Representatives in Quezon City.

According to a statement from the House of Representatives, the event was organized jointly by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

Deloso-Montalla, who is Zambales 2nd District Representative, said in her opening remarks that the forum is meant to create and enhance mechanisms for the protection of refugees not only in the Philippines, but in the international front.

She noted that the Philippines is just one of the two member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that have ratified the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

“The Philippines has to its credit not just being ‘primus inter pares’ or ‘first among equals’ within ASEAN on the matter of refugees awareness, but more significantly, our country has again demonstrated its willingness and commitment to share in its international responsibilities, as an active member of ASEAN and a founding member of the United Nations,” Deloso-Montalla said.

She gave credit as well to the APHR and APRRN for playing key roles in establishing institutional linkages with the House Committee on Human Rights and some members of the Philippine congress to raise the level of awareness of legislators on the issue of refugees and its global impact.

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