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  DLSL Hosts PCPGE's Conference on Human Rights  
  Post by: Catherine Perez | 6/9/2017 4:25:27 PM  

  De La Salle Lipa, Regional Center for Peace Education, hosted the Philippine Council for Peace and Global Education's (PCPGE) general assembly and conference, which served as a perfect venue to talk about a serious issue in the country - human rights.

PCPGE President and DLSL Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research (VCAR), Dr. Alice Botardo, welcomed the group members and guests from different schools and institutions who turned up on May 22, 2017 at the Sen. Jose Diokno Auditorium. She provided a brief background of PCPGE, which was founded in 1979 by Dr. Lourdes Quisumbing, and shared the fundamental and longstanding purpose of it - to give voice and empower for truth, justice and peace.

Empowering meant educating the people with pertinent data and amplifying their knowledge of the law that was designed to protect the victims and not mislead the ignorant nor serve as a scapegoat for violators. This was the gist of the presentation of resource speaker, Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno, De La Salle University College of Law Dean and son of the late Sen. Jose Diokno, founding chair of the Commission on Human Rights and founder of the Free Legal Assistance Group.

The speaker's insightful researches on crucial information that contribute to the unjustifiable human rights violations proved that they remain unresolved and worse, continue to prevail. Moreover, his compelling statement that "There will never be enough discussion on human rights" is a testament that the issue will drag on indefinitely and that the Filipinos' rudimentary "concept of justice and human rights" will not help improve the precarious state of the nation.

But to wallow in despair is not an option. Atty. Diokno offered counters and solutions that are feasible but would require vigilance and action from the Filipinos.

Discourse on countermeasures continued courtesy of the next speaker, Dr. Virginia Cagawas, Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, as she presented "Critical and Transformative Pedagogies for a Culture of Peace." The prolific author dissected national and global concerns on crises and contradictions.

Dr. Cagawas elucidated that physical violence, structural violence, human rights violations, cultural violence, violence on the environment, and lack of inner peace are only some of the daily ordeals that people tend to ignore like the "elephant in the room."

Educational institutions play a key role in "building a culture of peace" through "transformative education." An example of which is the "pedagogical principles in peace education," which may use dialogical creative pedagogies in the form of group analysis, conflict mapping, storytelling, community engagement, to name a few.

As an initial concrete step of the attendees, they were divided into small groups and collaboratively addressed certain issues. After which, they had a presentation of outputs containing the proposed action plans. Finally, the expression of commitment fittingly capped the one-day conference.