COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE PHILIPPINES SAAC Building, Commonwealth Avenue, U.P. Complex Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines COMMENTS ON THE CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW/C/PHL/CO/5-6) INTRODUCTION This report was produced by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philipp ines (“CHRP” or “Commission”), a national human rights institution (“NHRI”) having “A”-status accreditation with the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (“ICC”).1 The report includes information gathered from local consultations with CSOs/NGOs;2 the Commission’s national inquiry on Reproductive Health Rights with fifteen (15) regional consultations3 on CEDAW and Magna Carta of Women with Special Focus on reproductive health (“RH”); and five (5) fact finding missions and public hearings conducted in the National Capital 1 2 3 See ICC, Report and Recommendations of the Session of the Sub -Committee on Accreditation, 26-30 March 2012 at pp. 24-26. Available at http://nhri.ohchr.og/EN/AboutUs/ICCAccreditation/Pages/SCA -Reports.aspx. In Focus: Women Migrant Workers , Persons with Diverse SOGIE and the CMW Concluding Comments (8 December 2015), in partnership with the Center for Migrants’ Advocacy and UN Women; Forum on Human and Labor Trafficking (19 March 2016), in partnership with the Migrant Heritage Commission and the Philippin e Embassy in Washington, D.C. The 15 regional offices of the CHRP conducted “Regional Consultation on CEDAW and Magna Carta of Women with special focus on Reproductive Health” within their areas of jurisdiction the whole month of March 2016. The consultations covered: Access to Justice and VAW; Issues of Women in Marginalized sectors; Issues in relation to displacement and development aggression, and last, the reproductive health and rights. The consultations gathered a total of 551 individuals including 33 indigenous peoples, 32 persons with disabilities, and 27 LGBTs.