Friday, January 23, 2015

A Conference on LGBT Rights in Humanitarian Crisis

The Haiyan Aftermath: Listening to and Understanding the Unheard LGBT Voices in the Haiyan (Yolanda) Affected Communities in the Visayas

Objective: Generate views and finding out the economic, social and political impact of typhoon Haiyan (before, during and after) and position LGBT communities in the Visayas on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management and create LGBT advocates

February 5-8, 2015, Cebu City, Philippines

Conference Program

DAY 1 February 5, 2015 (Thursday) Opening
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Arrival of participants from various regions, provinces, municipalities
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Welcome Activity at Cebu Provincial Social Hall
5:00pm 6:00pm
Registration of Participants
6:00pm – 7:00pm
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Welcome program and Dinner
Emcee: Prof. Alvin Truya, BOT Member

Rationale and Opening Remarks:
Why we are here?
By Roxanne Omega Doron
Executive Director, Bisdak Pride, Inc.

Messages of Solidarity:

1. Office of the Governor
2. Office of the Vice-Governor
3. Office of the City Mayor, Cebu City
4. Office of the City Vice Mayor, Cebu City
4. Office of Provincial Risk Reduction and Management
5. Members of the Provincial Board
6. Members of the Cebu City Council
6. Representatives from UUSC
8:00pm – 9:00pm
10:00pm Closing
DAY 2 February 6, 2015 (Friday)
Golden Peak Hotel, Conference Room
Emcee: Simeon Remata III, Deputy Director, Bisdak Pride, Inc.

7:00am – 8:00am Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am
Registration of participants and guests
8:45am – 9:00am
Guest Speaker: “Our current condition and circumstances: What is to be done?” (A National LGBT Situation discussion)
by Corky Maranon KAPEDERASYON Sectoral Organization
9:00am – 12:00nn
Workshop on: The Unheard Voices: Sharing of Experiences
Part 1: Participants will be divided according to the following: Region, Age, Gender, Rural/Urban
Song composition about their experiences
Workshop on: The Unheard Voices: Sharing of Experiences
Part 2: Participants will be divided according to the following: Region, Age, Gender, Rural/Urban
Answer three (or more) general questions
Continuation of Part 2: Workshop on: The Unheard Voices: Sharing of Experiences
Participants will be divided according to the following: Region, Age, Gender, Rural/Urban
Answer three (or more) general questions
11:45am – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:10pm – 2:10pm
Our Bodies, Ourselves in Times of Humanitarian Crisis (A discussion on gender and sexuality, identity and expression) by Jeff Ysulat Fuentes

Jeff Ysulat Fuentes is the Officer-In-Charge of the Population Division of Davao City Health Office. He has allied medical and public health training a BS Respiratory Therapy (RT) degree from San Pedro College, earned units of Masters in Psychology at Ateneo de Davao University and a Masters in Health Social Science (MHSS) at De La Salle University-Manila. He is also a fellow of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute with which he received a post graduate course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is also a fellow of the Leadership Development Mechanism program of the Institute of International Education in which he is actively promoting reproductive health issues. Recently he received training on Adolescent Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Mr. Fuentes is a part-time lecturer at the Ateneo de Davao University (College of Arts and Sciences) Social Sciences and Education Division where he teaches Psychology, Population and Health courses. He conducted several researches in the field of population, health and sexuality. To name a few, Through DimLit Roads: Sexual Experiences and Safer Sexual Practices of Men who have sex with other men in Davao City; Understanding Condom Use: a Multifaceted Behaviour; Remapping Reproductive Health Agenda in Davao City: From Commercial MSM to Noncommercial MSM; Condom Use among Filipino Men who have Sex with other Men: A Quantitative Study; Qualitative study on Risks and Vulnerabilities of MSM and TG Population. 
2:10pm Working Break
2:10pm – 3:10pm
3:10pm – 4:10pm
HIV and AIDS: Symptoms, Facts, Prevention and Treatment by Eddie Batoon
4:10pm – 5:10pm
5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner Break
DAY 3 February 7, 2014 (Saturday)
Golden Peak Hotel, Conference Room
Emcee: Mr. Alvin Truya, BOT Treasurer, Bisdak Pride, Inc.
7:00AM – 8:00AM Breakfast
8:00am – 8:30amRegistration
Registration of participants and guests
8:00am – 9:30am
The New Normal (A discussion on climate change adaptation and the Philippine disaster risks reduction and management law) by Mark Vincent Israel
9:30am – 10:00am
10:00am Working Break
10:00am – 12:00noon
Understanding Our Rights and Our Rights in Times of Humanitarian Crisis”
By Atty. Meong Cabarde, Director, APILA, Ateneo de Davao

Atty. Cabarde is engaged in various advocacy issues which include the fields of gender, sexuality, reproductive health, human rights, peace education, environment, good governance, leadership and organizational development among others. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy Center (APILA), which houses the human rights programs and services of Ateneo de Davao University. At the same time, he is the Davao Regional Coordinator of Amnesty International Philippines, an international organization working for the promotion and protection of human rights, including the youth.

Before his post in APILA, he was formerly the Executive Director of Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children which promotes the welfare of marginalized women and children, and helps to empower them as active partners in the elimination of all forms of violence. And because of his legal background, he also became a part of the Institute of Environmental Governance of Tanggol Kalikasan, an alternative environmental law group aimed at developing the capacities of local governments in environmental protection, conservation and rehabilitation.

In 2008, he received an Award of Commendation given by the National Youth Commission to the Top 10 Youth Advocates of the Philippines for his unselfish and untiring advocacy for youth issues particularly in the field of Adolescent Reproductive Health.

Meong is also a member of several alliances working on various issues. He is a fellow of the International Human Rights Training Program of the Equitas International Center for Human Rights Education, Montreal Canada. Also, he is a member of the Asian Young Leaders in Governance of the UNDP, Regional Center Bangkok, Thailand as well as the Leadership Development and Management for Reproductive Health of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.

Apart from all these, he is also serving as a full time instructor of the Ateneo de Davao University under its Political Science, History and International Studies Departments (Asian and American Studies) of the Social Sciences Cluster teaching law, history and international studies courses. Latest to his designation is being the Chairperson of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council, AdDUs governing council on all external engagements and advocacies.
12:00noon – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm – 1:10pmIce Breaker
1:10pm – 3:10pm
Workshop on Human Rights
3:10PM – 3:20PM – Snack Break
3:20pm – 5:00pm
Game Design Workshop” Integrating the concepts of human rights, lgbt rights, disaster and climate change by Gwen Foster

Gwendelyn Foster is currently working with the International Game Developers Association - Manila Chapter and as a secretariat for the Game Developers Association of the the Philippines. She is currently working on a point and click adventure game inspired by the Rizal Day Bombing. She loves board games, experimental games, and her two pets.

She took up Computer Systems Engineering in De La Salle University - Manila and help create two organisations during her stay, the Computer Systems and Networking Engineering Organisation (CSNes) and the CS - Game Design and Development Organisation. She is a recipient of a partial scholarship awarded by the Vancouver Film School for Game Design and is waiting for her visa approval from the Canadian Embassy.
05:00pm – 05:30pm – Early Dinner
05:30pm – 06:00PM
06:30PM – 8:00pm
Pilot Performance of Theater for Development,  Cebu City Social Hall
Theater for Development
Theater for Development (A Communication for Development Project) in a Post-Haiyan Context on Disaster Risk Reduction, Child Protection and Adolescent Health, a project of Tanghalang Pilipino, resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. project funded by United Nations Children's Fund Philippines (UNICEF Philippines)
08:00PM – 10:00PM
Cultural Night , Cebu City Social Hall
DAY 4 February 8, 2015 9 (Sunday) Golden Peak Hotel, Conference Room
Master of ceremony and facilitator: Simeon Remata III, Deputy Director, Bisdak Pride, Inc.
07:00AM – 08:00AM – Breakfast
Registration of participants
08:00AM – 10:00am
Action Planning by Region
10:00am – 11:00am
Presentation of plans per region
Closing Remarks
Where we are going? by Dr. Richard Fruelan, Chair, Board of Trustees, Bisdak Pride, Inc.
12:00noon – 1:00pm Lunch Break
1:00pm – 4:00pm

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