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On the Community-based Dialogues (CBD) Project
CBD holds Training of Trainers on ESCR for Region VI

The second leg of the Training of Trainers on ESCR covering Region VI (Western Visayas) was held last 15-19 July 2019 in Iloilo City. The activity was attended by more than 40 participants representing trainers, educators and/or facilitators from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Army, Navy and Air Force), civil society organizations and the Commission on Human Rights. Members of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) were also present.

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The participants expressed appreciation on the conduct of the activity especially the inputs/ presentations and discussions on the thematic issues (agrarian reform, Indigenous People, mining and labor). They found it a valuable opportunity to better understand ESCR together with the security sector, CSOs and CHR, and be able to raise their concerns on the current situation they are faced with, hoping that future dialogues will present lasting solutions. In particular, the AFP participants support the ongoing process towards institutionalizing ESCR within the AFP education/training curriculum at all levels. They believe that addressing the socio-economic conditions of the people in rural communities is the way to achieve genuine peace and development. Everyone acknowledged the active participation and good cooperation of the different stakeholders as well as the healthy and beneficial engagement between and among the security forces and civilians.

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Moreover, they have expressed full support to the continuing efforts toward the localization-institutionalization of the Community-based Dialogues (CBD) spearheaded by the PSC in close cooperation with the CBD regional core groups composed of the partner organizations (AFP, PNP, CSOs & CHR) and critical stakeholders such as local government units and relevant government agencies.

The next activity will be held in Cagayan de Oro City covering Region X.

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