Massive info campaign on compensation program pushed

THE Regional State Prosecution Office (RSPO)-Davao is pushing for a massive information campaign on compensation program for the victims of unjust imprisonment or detention and violent crimes to make the public aware of the program.

RSPO-Davao director lawyer Janet Grace Fabrero said in a text message that the program, known as the Board of Claims, helps in assisting the victims by providing them just compensation.

"We believe that it is important to inform the public about this since there are plenty of victims who are not aware of this program," she said.

"The program gives compensation in an amount not exceeding P10,000 to victims. Claims should be filed within six months after release from imprisonment or detention or after violent crime is committed," Fabrero explained.

She also said the application forms are available in their office and the field offices of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and after accomplishing the form, it will be evaluated and once it is approved the BOC office in DOJ-Manila will then issue checks to the applicant.

The RSPO is expecting around 160 participants from different government and non-governmental agencies to attend an information dissemination seminar on the BOC Law on March 31 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel.

Different organizations and agencies from the government that are expected to join from Davao City are the police, CSSDO, Barangay officials, BJMP, CIDG, and PAO while members from non-government organizations such as the Tambayan, NCID, Talikala and Bantay-Bata, among others.

There are also participants coming from government agencies in Davao del Sur and the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos).

The event will highlight topics on the dissemination of information on Republic Act 7309, otherwise known as the Board of Claims Law, which aims to provide compensation for victims of violent crimes, unjust imprisonment, and detention. (RCP)
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