QUEZON CITY, Nov. 10 — The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) has clarified all possible claimants application has until 12:00 midnight of November 10, 2014 to file their paperworks in its main office at ISSI, UP Diliman, and including all regional desks.
The assurance of Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez on the passage of the six-month extension for the filing of claims by victims of human rights violations during Martial Law, the board will make the appropriate preparations to conduct the next round of acceptance of applications as soon as the extension of the filing period becomes effective.
Rep. Gutierrez stated that “victims of human rights violations during Martial Law who are unable to file by November 10, 2014 may still file their claims for reparation and recognition upon the approval of the Joint Resolution extending the filing period for claims.”
Separate Joint Resolutions in the House of Representatives and in the Senate were filed seeking the extension in response to the report of the HRVCB on the incidence of continuing surges of claimants in all the application sites. The extension will also give more opportunity for other legitimate claimants living in far-flung areas to prepare their documents and file their claims.
The House has already approved on third reading said joint resolution for extension of filing period. The Senate is set to approve the same measure on third reading upon resumption of its session on November 17, 2014.
As of 5 November 2014, the total number of applications for recognition and reparation filed has already reached 39,377.
The Board wishes to inform the public about the operations of its desks located in the Commission on Human Rights Regional Offices at: San Fernando City, La Union; San Fernando City, Pampanga; Baguio City; Legazpi City; Tuguegarao City; Cebu City; Iloilo City; Tacloban City; Bacolod City; Davao City; Cagayan de Oro City; Butuan City; Zamboanga City; and Cotabato City (Regional Human Rights Center of the ARMM).
After the filing period, each and every claim will be deliberated by the HRVCB to determine legitimacy of the claim and entitlement to an award. After all claims have been decided upon, distribution on the award shall be set and announced to the public. Information about the recognition and reparation process pursuant to RA 10368 is posted at www.hrvclaimsboard.gov.ph.
RA 10368 seeks to provide recognition and reparation, both monetary and non-monetary, to all victims of human rights violations during the dark and tumultuous Martial Law regime. Once found to be entitled, their names shall be enshrined in the Roll of Victims of Human Rights Violations, in acknowledgment of their heroism and sacrifices. The law was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino last February 25, 2013.