The “TRAINING ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS (ESCR) FOR NORTHERN LUZON” was held on May 29 to June 1, 2018 at the AIM Training and Conference Center inside Camp John Hay, Baguio City.
After the Opening Program and Project Overview, the first session was on Context and Framework (Human Rights and ESCR, Introduction to Business and Human Rights, relevant ESCR-related laws and policies).
The second session looked at specific rights and obligations, roles and responsibilities on ESCR (The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 and AmBisyon Natin 2040, the Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) “Kapayapaan” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The next three sessions were on specific ESCR-related issues/themes: Indigenous Peoples, Mining, and Agrarian Reform. ALG member organizations were tapped to help develop the ESCR Training Handbook: for the Indigenous People session, we have the Tebtebba Foundation; for the Mining session, we have the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center/Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth Philippines (LRC-KSK-FOE); for the agrarian reform session, we have the KAISAHAN tungo sa Kaunlaran ng Kanayunan at Repormang Pansakahan. Planning for sustaining the Community-Based Dialogues (CBD) mechanism followed.
On June 1, we held a Regional Policy Dialogue to discuss “Federalism and Charter Change.” The guest resource speaker was NEDA CAR Regional Director Milagros Rimando.
These activities are part of the “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Promotion and Protection” Project, which is being jointly implemented by the ALG, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (through the AFP Human Rights Office), the Philippine National Police (through the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development and the Human Rights Affairs Office), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany.
For the first three phases, the project focused on Civil and Political Rights (CPR), while the focus of the current fourth phase is ESCR.