Uniting for Human Rights: Highlights from the 4th Philippine Human Rights Plan Consultation

The 4th Philippine Human Rights Plan program joint regional consultations took place on June 19-20, 2024, and were headed by the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at 7F South Tower, Rockwell Business Center Sheridan St., Mandaluyong City. Agencies presented their plenary consultation including the Department of Justice, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Commission on Women, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, National Council on Disability Affairs, Council for the Welfare of Children, Department of Migrant Workers, and Department of Interior and Local Government. It was a two-day event where the different agencies mentioned presented their respective plans and plenary consultations.  

Several organization representatives attended and participated in the program, including staff from the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, INC.  

The focal point of the event was to address the human rights landscape across various sectors of Philippine society. Representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), and other advocacy groups convened to amplify the voices of marginalized sectors—women, youth, indigenous peoples, and persons deprived of liberty (PDL).  

Reflecting on the experience, Melvin B. Caymo, RCrim, MSCJ, Community Development Officer of the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF), shared his profound insights. “Participating in the 4th Philippines Human Rights consultation was an unforgettable experience,” Caymo remarked. “It was an opportunity to witness different sectors of society coming together to address the needs of our fellow Filipinos who have been overlooked by our government.”  

The consultation sessions were marked by intense discussions and presentations, where stakeholders delved into various human rights issues and challenges faced by different segments of society. The event underscored the power of collective action and collaboration in ensuring inclusive progress and the protection of human rights for all Filipinos.  

Caymo emphasized the significance of these dialogues in fostering unity and hope. “Overall, being part of the 4th Philippines Human Rights consultation was an experience filled with inspiration and hope,” he said. “It strengthened my belief that through collective action and cooperation, we can achieve a society that truly respects and protects the human rights of every Filipino.”  

As the curtains closed on this impactful gathering, the resonance of shared commitment and dedication lingered—a testament to the ongoing journey towards a more just and inclusive society in the Philippines. The 4th Philippine Human Rights Plan consultation not only set forth plans and initiatives but also reaffirmed the power of collaboration in championing human rights causes across the nation. 


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