The WWP conducted its 1st Mindanao-wide Paralegal Training, committed to strengthen workers’ support group

Workers’ Watch staff with the participants of the 1st Mindanao-wide Paralegal Training.

The Workers’ Watch Project held its 1st Mindanao-wide Paralegal Training last September 28 to September 30 that aimed to train and equip workers’ support group on basic knowledge on paralegal and Philippine legal justice system.

Participants listen to the discussion on labor and legislations.

Resource persons from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Workers’ Watch partner organizations were invited to give their valuable insights and knowledge on the said training.

CHR XI Special Investigator III Jose Mari Fabiaña elaborated the nature and importance of human rights, while CHR Supervising Training Specialist Melchor Cayabyab highlighted the “dignity” as the root of human rights. 

Mr. Cayabyab had also expressed that activism is a form of exercising our rights enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.

Further, NLDFI in-house lawyer Atty. Napoleon Sango and representative from the Office of Councilor Pamela Librado-Morata, Atty. Darwin Tenaja, discussed the Philippine legal systems and labor legislations in the country.

They also shared their experiences in dealing with labor cases and how paralegals helped them won those cases.

Workers’ Watch Project Manager Jeo Olar and NLDFI Executive Director Emma Ricaforte awarded the certificate of appreciation to Atty. Napoleon Sango as one of the speakers during the 1st Mindanao-wide Paralegal Training.

Women leaders from Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) Rochelle Porras, NLDFI Executive Director Emma Ricaforte, and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) X Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) member Teresita Hadman, tackled the Philippine workers situation amidst CoViD-19 health hazard, and the significance of paralegal work and metalegal remedies in protecting and promoting workers’ rights.

Cheryl Daytec-Yañgot, The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Geneva Labor Attaché, sent a video message of encouragement to all the participants in upholding and valuing human rights.

“The cases of human rights violations in the country have escalated amidst the CoViD-19 pandemic. 10.4 million Filipino people are now either unemployed and underemployed further intensifying the long-drawn-out poverty and hunger. This kind of training helps us understand our constitutional rights, protects the interests of the people. The paralegal training imparts knowledge and skills to ensure that our rights are not violated,” said Jeo Olar, the Workers’ Watch Project Manager.

Moreover, the Workers’ Watch Project is set to hold a symposium on Business and Human Rights this coming October 20 to October 21. This symposium aims to mainstream business and human rights in the enterprise level. #