The 4-day training activity was attended by more than 40 participants from Region IV-A or Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) provinces representing the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th Infantry Divisions, as well as Human Rights Offices of the General Headquarters and major service commands), Police Regional Office IV-A, civil society organizations, and the Commission on Human Rights’ Policy Advisory Office and Regional Office IV-A. Members of the PSC were also present during the activity, some of whom were part of the training team. The Assistant Regional Director of NEDA gave a distinctive presentation on the Philippine Development Plan and “Ambisyon Nation 2040.”
The participants expressed their gratitude for the conduct of the ToT on ESCR, especially for majority of them who attended this kind of training for the first time. They acknowledged that it was an enriching and productive experience, noting the relevance of the thematic sessions (indigenous peoples, agrarian reform, labor and mining) and the insightful exchange of ideas and viewpoints between and among the security sector (AFP and PNP) and civilian communities (CSOs, CHR).
They highly appreciated the “Popular Education” (PopEd) methodologies which they found very useful in the conduct of the CBD as it promotes solidarity and friendship, and at the same time offers a good approach for adult-learning activities as it encourages open communication and active participation.
The training opened a good opportunity to renew ties and touch-base with the CBD stakeholders from the region.