Weeks before the National Correctional Consciousness Week (NACOCOW), human rights groups gather together and liken to the game-show “Laban o Bawi?,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to recall the release of Persons Deprived of their Liberties (PDL) because of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) mess.
Balay has obtained accreditation from the local government of Caloocan City making it eligible to participate in development councils and contribute in participatory governance accordingly. Vice Mayor Macario “Maca”Asistio III awarded the certificate of accreditation to the Balay representatives during the regular session of the City Council on September 25, 2019.
Throughout the years, Balay has cultivated a strong partnership with the Commission on Human Rights in the promotion and protection of rights of persons deprived of liberty. We call to mind how, for instance, Balay and other civil society organizations under the United against Torture Coalition (UATC) have worked with the CHR in creating the momentum towards the passage of the Anti-Torture Law in 2009 which, among others, prohibited torture and ill treatment of persons under the custody of persons in authority.