Philippines - OPCAT Situation
The Philippines acceded to the OPCAT in 2012 with a declaration under Article 24 of the OPCAT, becoming the first country to postpone the implementation of Part III of the OPCAT, related to the in-country visits of the SPT.
Discussion on the designation of the NPM is ongoing since 2008. Several options are being considered, including designating the National Human Rights Commission as NPM or giving it a specific role under the OPCAT.
The SPT member Lowell Patria Goddard is the SPT Focal Point for the Philippines.