The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Central Visayas will finally have a place they can call home.
This, after the Cebu Provincial Government represented by Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and the CHR, through chairperson Jose Luis Gascon, signed on February 7 the deed of donation of a 1,000-square-meter Province-owned lot for the exclusive use of the human rights agency’s construction of its regional office.
At present, the CHR 7 is spending a monthly rental of at least P100,000 for the space that the 24-man team headed by Director Arvin Odron have long been occupying at F. Rafanan Building on Don Mariano Cui St., Cebu City.
“The Commission on Human Rights is very grateful to the Province of Cebu, Gov. Davide, the Provincial Board that passed the resolution and, of course, to Vice Gov. (Agnes) Magpale for all that they have done to make this happen,” said Gascon in a brief interview after the ceremony.
Provincial Legal Officer Orvi Ortega and Odron served as witnesses in the deed of donation signing ceremony.
The donated lot is located in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City near the headquarters of the Cebu Police Provincial Office.
Gascon said he is planning to break ground on the proposed P15-million CHR Building next month. He said it would be a two-storey building, which will be constructed within a year.
He said that the permanent CHR regional office in Cebu will be the first in the Visayas. They have other permanent offices in Tuguerarao (Region 2); San Fernando, Pampanga (Region 3); Legaspi, Albay (Region 5); and in Coronadal, South Cotabato (Region 12).
Two other regional offices are undergoing construction in San Fernando, La Union and in Butuan City, said Gascon.
He said that the construction of all these buildings was foreign-funded through the assistance of the European Union and the Government of Spain, which donated five million Euros and two million Euros, respectively.
Gascon said he is looking forward to come back in Cebu next month for the groundbreaking of the project with Davide.