Forum on Violence and Human Rights in Urban Settlements


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. In the observance of Human Rights Day, a forum entitled “ Violence and Human Rights Challenges in Urban Settlements” was held at the CSWCD Audio-Visual Room last Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:30 to 5:30 pm.

The forum’s main objective was to mainstream the issue of torture and other forms of human rights violations in an urban settlements. Presentations were linked to the socio-economic context of people living in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City on the issue of policing of urban poor communities by law enforcement agencies. This was co-organized by Balay Rehabilitation Ce
nter, Inc. (BALAY), Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) and the UP College of Social Work and Community Development through the Governance and Peace Cluster and the Doctor in Social Development Program. The presentations were as follows: Torture and Human Rights Violations in Urban Settlements by Karl Alvin Hapal of BALAY and Exploring Policing Urban Settlements by Dr. Steffen Jensen of DIGNITY.

The forum was attended by faculty, staff and students of the university and partners. Dr. Editha V. Maslang, convenor of CSWCD Peace and governance cluster served as the moderator of the forum. Click here for more images.

CSWCD Forum on Current Development Issues and Strategies held

A research forum entitled A Closer Look at Current Development Issues and Strategies was held last November 29, 2012 at the CSWCD AVR. Three studies on various social development issues conducted by CSWCD faculty and REPS were presented.

The first paper was a research undertaken by Dr. Leticia S. Tojos about the people’s perception of local governments’ capacity in disaster risk reduction and management. Results showed that preparedness, capacity building, governance, information dissemination and people involvement were key factors in Disaster Risk Reduction Management. The second study was done by Prof. Justin V. Nicolas which dealt with creativity in social work. The third research presented is an evaluative study on the functionality of Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) focusing on four provinces. The study was conducted by Dr. Emmanuel M. Luna and Prof. Rosalie T. Quilicol.
The forum was coordinated by the Research and Extension for Development Office. Ms. Catharine Adaro served as a moderator for the event.


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For inquiries, please call 9818500 loc 4107 and look for Ms. Catha Adaro, you can also visit the REDO, Rm. 306 CSWCD Bldg.


Human Rights Forum Inilunsad

Naglunsad ng talakayan tungkol sa kalagayan ng karapatang pantao sa Pilipinas ang Research and Extension for Development Office (REDO) noong ika – 5 ng Disyembre, 2012 sa CSWCD Seminar Room. Nagsimula ang programa sa pagpapalabas ng isang maikling audio-video presentation na ginawa ng National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). Ipinakita sa bidyo na may pamagat na “In Defense of Human Rights: Journeying with the people towards justice and peace” ang kalagayan ng karapatang pantao sa bansa at hinihikayat ang mga manonood na makilahok sa pagprotekta sa karapatang pantao. Pinalalim pa ni Cristina Palabay ng KARAPATAN ang pagtalakay sa konteksto at kalagayan ng karapatang pantao sa bansa. Ipinaliwanag niya na karamihan sa mga biktima ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao ay mga magsasaka at katutubo na lumalaban sa pangangamkam ng kanilang lupain. Ang huling tagapagsalita ay mula sa Panalipdan Minadanao na nagsalaysay ng kanilang nararanasang karahasan sa Mindanao bunga ng pagpasok ng mga malalaking korporasyon ng minahan sa kanilang lugar.

Conference of Food Security held in CSWCD


Homenet Southeast Asia (HNSEA), in cooperation with the UPCSWCD Social Protection Cluster, Department of Agriculture, and Homenet South Asia, conducted a Subregional Workshop (SRW) and Conference last  8 to 10 November 2012 in Quezon City, Philippines with the theme  “FOOD SECURITY AS PART OF SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR HOMEBASED WORKERS to ADDRESS THE ADVERSE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE”.The SRW was attended by participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, India, and Thailand.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala served as guest speaker during the opening ceremonies held at the Department of Agriculture.  The rest of the workshop was conducted at the Bulwagang Tandang Sora. Participants spent one afternoon visiting field sites in Barangays UP Campus, Holy Spirit, and Banaba, to observe good practices of  urban and periurban agriculture

The SRW was intended to deepen understanding and knowledge among home-based and  other informal workers on the impact of climate change and  disasters on food security.  Experiences on the implications of global warming due to environmental degradation such as lesser crop production, lower income and livelihood opportunities, and health related risks due to malnutrition have been shared among the country participants. The SRW resolved to increase understanding and develop resiliency of HBWs by building upon the links between people’s livelihoods, their food security status, and access to social protection. The SRW encouraged the HBWs to work with local governments, civil society networks, workers and women’s associations, community-based organizations, private business, other possible partners and stakeholders in the adoption of policies and programs that ensure food security, and help communities of women and home-based workers sustain green jobs and community projects on food production and livelihood.


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