Balay hailed the passage of the bill that grants a total of 17 rights and fundamental freedoms to human rights defenders during the plenary session of the House of Representatives on June 3. The bill got the unanimous approval of 183 lawmakers on the final reading.
An inter-agency working group that seeks to promote child protection and address issues related to gender-based violence is in the process of being instituted to the newly formed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), with Balay Rehabilitation Center as a member of its core group. The working group will be formally known as the Joint Regional Child Protection and Gender-based Violence Working Group or the Joint JRCPGBVWG.
Twelve sitting senators have expressed support to the call of child rights advocates to not pass the bill that seeks to consider as criminals children as young as 12 years old who are in conflict with the law. This was reported by representatives of the children’s coalition who talked to lawmakers at the resumption of the senate session on May 20, 2019.
Balay and BJMP forged partnership to promote humane treatment and prevent torture in jail facilities in Western Mindanao
Balay Rehabilitation Center and the regional office of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region IX have formalized their commitment to promote human rights and freedom from torture of persons deprived of liberty in Western Mindanao through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the heads of both organizations in Pagadian City on April 23, 2019.