27 Aug Working Together for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines
Communication for Peace
The project carried out a 3-day training-seminar entitled “Sensible and Sensitive: Journalism for Human Rights” held in November 2009 at the Eden Nature Park in Davao City. It was participated in by 23 journalists (print, TV, radio, and online) and 10 resource persons coming from the Tri-People of Mindanao, including representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. Other competent resource persons came from human rights organizations, including leaders of the Moro and Lumad peoples, to complete the Tri-People composition of the training-seminar. The project purchased a Toshiba DLP projector, which is a key piece of media equipment for human rights seminars. The projector has enhanced human rights forums and activities sponsored by InPeace Mindanao and RCPA. The projector enables visualizations of human rights issues, aside from making human rights lectures creative and interesting to a broad audience. The project was successful in terms of providing initial space for interaction between journalists and Tri-People representatives. Mainstream journalists who attended the seminar expressed appreciation for the opportunity given to national minority leaders to provide feedback to their professional work and coverage of human rights issues. They also expressed the need to regularize such space for interaction, feedback, professional upgrading, and mutual learning.