By Mike Crismundo
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Army’s Fourth Infantry Division (4th ID continued to capacitate its personnel through a training on human rights while enhanced and general community quarantines are in effect in various areas in Regions 13 and 10.
Shown in photo are the frontliners of the 4th ID deployed in different quarantine control checkpoints in Regions 13 and 10 who attended the five day training on Human Rights held at the headquarters of the 4th ID in camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City. (photo courtesy of 4th ID-PAO via Mike U. Crismundo/Manila Bulletin)
The five-day training aimed at enabling frontliners deployed in the different quarantine control points under the area of responsibility of the army division to implement, adhere, and respect the rights of every citizen.
A total of 208 personnel coming from the different brigades and battalions of the 4th ID have actively participated in the HR training.
The training started on Wednesday, April 27, at the headquarters of the 4th ID in Camp Edilberto Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City
Due to the observance of the COVID-19 health protocols, the training was conducted through video teleconferencing (VTC).
Aside from the frontliners, some 300 students of the Restructured Reenlistment Training (RRT) have also undergone human rights lectures to ensure that every soldier should strictly adhere to human rights in times of crisis.
Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal, 4th ID chief gave emphasis that while frontliners conform to the guidelines and policies as they perform their duties and responsibilities, they should also be able to maintain peace and order, and make sure that rights of every individual is protected.
“We just want to make sure that every member of 4ID is equipped with the right knowledge not only on the COVID-19 health protocols, but also on the adherence of basic human rights while performing their duties in their respective QCPs,” Gacal underscored.