WW San Carlos called for equality for all, held first GAD Training

Members of Workers’ Watch San Carlos with the NLDFI Executive Director Emma Ricaforte and Workers’ Watch Project Manager Jeo Olar during their first Gender and Development (GAD) Training.

The Workers’ Watch San Carlos conducted their first Gender and Development (GAD) Training last October 3, 2021 at the Margarette Business Hotel in Maramag, Bukidnon.

Workers’ Watch Project Manager Jeo Olar discussed gender issues by debunking imposed gender roles, analysing the historical context and current socio-political conditions that reinforce gender stereotypes, understanding laws that seek to protect individuals against gender discrimination and harassment, and pushing for gender emancipation.

Workers’ Watch Project Manager Jeo Olar discussed gender issues, and several laws that protect individuals against gender discrimination and violence.

According to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), around 50 cases of violence against women and children were reported every day in 2020, while around 58 transgender and non-binary individuals were killed in the country from 2008 to September 2020 based on the data of Trans Murder Monitoring Report of Transgender Europe.

In addition, data from IBON Foundation revealed that the employment rate among women fell to 15.7 million in 2018 from 16 million in 2016, and disparity in the average real daily basic pay (ADBP) continues. In fact, women in manufacturing industries usually earn Php 374.00, whilst men earn Php 406.00.

Participants listened to the discussion on gender issues.

The participants also shared their experiences and manifestations.

“Now I know about the laws which promote and protect women’s rights. It will be easier for us to protect ourselves against discrimination, harassment, and even assault,” said Bae Lorena Aboy, Workers’ Watch San Carlos Finance Manager.

Bae Lorena Aboy, a participant during the GAD Training, shared her insights on violence against women.

Datu Rex Laranio, Workers’ Watch San Carlos Vice Chairman and Secretary of their tribal council, urged his fellow participants to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during GAD Training.

Datu Rex Laranio, Workers’ Watch San Carlos Vice Chairman, encouraged his fellow participants to put what they learned into practice.

“Nothing will change if we don’t practice what we learned. We can’t also put it into practice unless we have the will to do so. Therefore, we must strive to also raise the awareness of others. We could better promote and protect our rights if the people around us do the same,” Datu Laranio manifested, following his questions on ways to promote equality.

“The key to a better society is loving and respecting one another. Genuine peace and social justice can only be realized if we understood and value the dignity of everyone,” said Olar.

Workers’ Watch Northern Mindanao Region Area Coordinator Teresita Hadman gave a hygiene kit and vitamins to one of the youth participants during the medical mission right after GAD Training.

Right after the said training, a medical mission followed. The participants received hygiene kits and vitamins. #

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. #