The 4-day activity achieved its objective to orient as well as deepen understanding and capacity of the participants, composed of the core of professors and other members of all the education and training institutions (ETIs) from the AFP as well as trainers/educators/facilitators from CHR and CSOs, on the CBD project focusing on ESCR.
More than forty (40) participants took part in the activity and they expressed their deep appreciation for the opportunity to enrich their knowledge and skills on specific laws and policies and its application as well as in broadening their understanding on the experiences of the people on the ground relevant to key ESCR thematic areas (Agrarian Reform, Indigenous Peoples, Mining & Labor). In particular, the AFP participants found the learnings invaluable and a good “eye-opener” as it pursues the ongoing institutionalization of the CDB program within the AFP Professional Military Education in cooperation with the CBD Project Steering Committee (PSC).
In general, the participants underscored the importance of continuing the multi-sectoral dialogues especially at the community level as a good avenue to have an open and productive discussion on human rights promotion and protection, and eventually building trust and confidence between the security sector and civilians with the end-goal of jointly addressing human rights issues and concerns.
The next training of trainers will be held in Iloilo City covering Region VI.