The Regions 6 & 7 Institutionalization-Localization Workshop was held last July 5-6, 2017 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel in Iloilo City Proper. The focus of the project for this particular phase expanded to include Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR).
Atty. Marlon Manuel (ALG National Coordinator) gave the Overview of the Project, while the “Overview of Human Rights Principles, with focus on ESCR” was given by Mr. Randy Pulvera of the CHR Region 7. Atty. Kristine Cutanda-Larios of PAHRA gave a summary of the “Concluding Observations on the Combined 5th and 6th Periodic Reports of the Philippines to the United Nations.”
Major Eduardo Esquivias of the AFP Human Rights Office facilitated the session on “The Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) ‘Kapayapaan’,” which is the new Campaign Plan of the AFP, and which superceded the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) “Bayanihan.” SPO3 Arturo Diorda of PNP PRO 6 facilitated the session on “The PNP and ESCR.” Atty. Jonnie Dabuco of CHR R6 gave a session on “The ESCR Center of the CHR.”
There were also discussion sessions on the roles of the AFP Human Rights Officers (facilitated by LTC Ivan Bermudo, Col. Leonardo Peña & Col. Inocencio Pasaporte), the roles of the PNP Human Rights Officers (facilitated by PSupt Veronica Peñalosa of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office), and the CHR en banc Resolution on the Community-Based Dialogues (facilitated by Mr. Randy Pulvera).
Workshops were made to identify local ESCR and Human Rights-related issues, after which they formulated plans to address some of the priority issues identified.
This is an activity under the “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Promotion and Protection” Project, which is jointly implemented by the ALG, with 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 Human Rights Affairs Office), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), with support from the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany.