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On Community-based Dialogues
San Jose, Antique supports the Community-based Dialogues (CBD)

In December 2020, the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) of San Jose de Buenavista in Antique Province passed Resolution No. 07 (see link below) in support of the Community-based Dialogue (CBD) sessions on human rights promotion and protection initiative undertaken since 2008 at the national, regional and provincial levels. It aims to provide venues to facilitate dialogue and collaborative efforts among relevant stakeholders on the ground in order to address human rights issues and concerns. The lead convenor at the regional level is the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and co-convenor is Process-Panay Foundation, Inc.

The resolution is considered a breakthrough towards institutionalizing and sustaining the CBD mechanism at the local level in cooperation with the local government units (LGUs), the security forces, specifically the Municipal Police Station & the AFP, and civil society organizations (CSOs), not to mention the CHR.  It calls on the LGUs to be the prime movers of the CBD in their areas of concern.  It is expected that stakeholders at the barangay level will be enjoined to participate and be actively involved in the CBD activities.

This 12-year project initiative is a partnership among the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), Commission on Human Rights, AFP Center for Law of Armed Conflict (AFP-CLOAC; formerly Human Rights Office), Philippine National Police Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP-HRAO) and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation/Germany (HSF).

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