A speech delivered on 9 November 2010 during the Opening Ceremony of the
2nd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP)
Organized by the Pinoy IHRTP Alumni

I would like to welcome all of you here today to the National Human Rights Training Program delivered by the Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni Inc. or as we like to call them, the Equitas Alumni.

This is a significant achievement, not only for the Alumni but for Equitas as an organization, as the training is delivered in the Philippines for a second straight year.

This is a testament to the commitment of the Filipino Alumni to uphold and advocate on behalf of human rights throughout the Philippines.

It also speaks volumes about the effectiveness of the human rights training program delivered by Equitas in Montreal each year.

The Canadian Embassy in the Philippines is very proud to be supporting this training program, and we are very proud of the relationship that has evolved between the Filipino Alumni of the Equitas Program and the Embassy.

The Canadian Embassy has worked with the Alumni in various capacities. We value their input, their expertise and their dedication to advancing human rights in the Philippines and beyond.

Examples of our partnership are the diplomatic briefings which have been delivered by members of the Alumni for resident embassies. We have held two such briefings, one on the subject of trade union rights and the other on the Human Security Act.

These briefings highlight areas of concern and provide a greater understanding for the diplomatic community on pressing issues in the Philippines.

We have also organized roundtables with members of the Alumni and visiting Canadian officials, such as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

I am proud of Canada’s support for human rights in the Philippines, whether it is through our annual Marshall McLuhan Fellowship Award presented to an outstanding investigative journalist, or for the support we provide in Mindanao through the Canadian International Development Agency or for your own important efforts.

This is in addition to the official representations made on behalf of the Government of Canada to the Government of the Philippines regarding human rights.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to applaud the work of Equitas and the Pinoy Alumni.

The Embassy of Canada will continue to make human rights protection and promotion a priority of our work in the Philippines.

Together we can improve the state of human rights, not only in the Philippines, but throughout the world.

Posted by: pinoyihrtp | August 29, 2011

2nd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) 2010 held

Pinoy International Human Rights Training Program Alumni (PIHRTPA/Equitas Alumni for brevity) has just concluded the 2nd National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) last November 9-16, 2010 at Hotel Kimberly in Tagaytay City.

This year’s 2nd national roll out of IHRTP through the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) brought together twenty two (22) selected human rights advocates/defenders/activists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and had the opportunity to explore human rights principles and instruments and engaged in critical reflection and inquiry after learning new knowledge on international human rights laws and its mechanisms, domestic laws, legal and meta-legal remedies, that they can apply in their respective human rights education work. NHRTP’s learning will reflect on the participants’ role in building a culture of human rights through human rights education in their communities and within their own organization.

After the program, participants plan to undertake its own follow-up activities such as human rights training sessions based on the NHRTP module and the development of new programs and long-term partnerships to strengthen human rights education and democratic development with Pinoy Equitas Alumni and other participating organizations at the regional levels.

The success of the 2nd NHRTP will surely contribute to the building of a global culture of human rights and to strengthening democratic development throughout the country.

Posted by: pinoyihrtp | August 21, 2010

1st National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) 2009

Pinoy IHRTP Alumni, Inc. conducted the first National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) last November 17 to 24, 2009 at South Sea Resort in Bantayan, Dumaguete City. NHRTP is a roll out of the annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) of Equitas.

The primary goal of NHRTP is based on the Equitas framework of building a culture of human rights. It aims to reach potential human rights educators-trainers especially from the remote areas of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao who have less access to international or national human rights training and their lack of these opportunities make them more vulnerable to human rights abuses.

NHRTP addresses the need to build a critical mass of human rights educators and leaders in the Philippines, it basically adopts the IHRTP module modified and contextualized in the Philippines setting.

For this first NHRTP in 2009, twenty two (22) carefully selected human rights educators from all over the Philippines participated and linked together in the one week intensive training workshop. The workshops were able to put the participants in a single platform of debate, discussions and exposures where they realized their own perspectives of human rights, realized their actual situation/condition in the context of civil, political rights, as well as economic, social, political and cultural rights. Through the workshops also, the participants were able to identify the key actors in the human rights violations, instruments and state mechanisms to be used to address the injustices as a result of human rights violations.

NHRTP 2009 was supported by Equitas and Embassy of Canada, respectively.

Posted by: pinoyihrtp | July 29, 2008

Equitas alumni (also pinoy IHRTP alumni) 2008 activities

In its effort to pursue its mandate and mission as Human Rights Educators, Equitas Alumni had two significant activities in the first two quarters of 2008. 

First was the Diplomatic Briefing on the Philippine Human Rights Situation.  The said Diplomatic briefing was conducted lat March 11, 2008 at the Embassy of Canada office in Makati, Philippines.  The activity was participated by members of the diplomatic community.  The Alumni presented the Human Security Act of 2007 and its impact in the different sectors  such as the human rights violations that rose in its peak after the enactment of the said law.

Second was the Luncheon Meeting of Equitas Alumni with Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and to the Minister of Canada International Coorperation.  The lunch was hosted by Ambassador Robert Desjardins at his residence on July 28, 2008.  The alumni briefed Secretary Obhrai on the human rights situations in the Philippines.

All these efforts were made possible through the generous support of the Political Affairs office of the Embassy of Canada led by the enthusiastic Ms. Theressa de Haan and Mr. James Trottier, respectively.

In support to the Equitas framework in building a culture of human rights globally through human rights education activities, the Alumni is currently working for its upcoming project, the National Human Rights Training Program (NHRTP) with the concept of localizing the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) of Equitas, but indigenous to the Philippine context.


Tricia, Arpee, Rhodora, Henry, Wilma, Rowena, Claire, Edgar, Carol, Elzy, Marthe, Gilbert, Joey and Sammy)

Pinoy IHRTP Alumni (From lef: Tricia, Arpee, Rhodora, Henry, Wilma, Rowena, Claire, Edgar, Carol, Elzy, Martha, Gilbert, Joey and Sammy)


Theressa's farewell activity at the residence of James Trottier, Head of Political Affairs Section, Embassy of Canada

Theressa's farewell activity at the residence of James Trottier, Head of Political Affairs Section, Embassy of Canada

Posted by: pinoyihrtp | June 20, 2007


Pinoy IHRTP Alumni

This blog serves as a portal for exchanges among alumni of the International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) of the Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education (formerly the Canadian Human Rights Foundation). It will also serve as the alumni’s online forum for discussion of human rights issues, reflections and sharing of experiences. It will feature updates, events and activities concerning the alumni.