In line with sustaining the “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Promotion and Protection between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, and Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities” or the CBD mechanism both within the partner organizations, namely, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as well as at the local level in cooperation with the multi-sectoral core groups, a series of Institutionalization-Localization Workshops are being held to further strengthen the cooperation between the security sector and civil society.
In pursuit of the institutionalization of the Community-based Dialogues (CBD) project on human rights promotion and protection both at the institutional level (PNP) and at the local level (focus areas), a workshop was conducted for the Philippine National Police (PNP) with the participation of the Training Managers of the Regional Specialized Training Units (RSTUs) representing all seventeen (17) regions of the country and from the Human Rights Affairs Office of Police Regional Office 7 (PRO7).
“Creating a federal set-up, and consequently writing a federal constitution, are extremely difficult undertakings. The political economic context intersects deeply with the constitutional drafting process itself. The element of time is therefore crucial. Meaning, any federalism initiative cannot be rushed nor be solely dependent on limited political considerations” was amongst the insights learned by Atty. Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco of the University of Asia and the Pacific who, along with Vice Governor Jo Kristine Revil of the Province of Masbate attended the EURAC Winter School 2018.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation organised a briefing on social media, especially on the effectiveness of Facebook as a key social media platform for public relations in Myanmar, with the chairs and responsible secretaries of the Hluttaw committees.
Ying Lao of the Salween Institute and Aung Soe Min of the Hanns Seidel Foundation - Myanmar are this years' participants from Myanmar at the 2018 Winter School on Federalism and Governance EURAC-Uni Innsbruck at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Eurac Research - Institute for Regional Development in Bozen, Italy. The Winter School takes place from 5th February for two weeks until 16th February. Both will regular report from their experience and knowledge gain of the Winter School.