In preparation for the implementation of the Hustisya Natin Project in Palawan, the Alternative Law Groups (ALG) together with the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), Inc. conducted a two-day training-orientation in Puerto Princesa City. It was held last September 13-4, 2016 at HTU-Sienatel Training Hotel in Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City.


The training-orientation was attended by 26 representatives from different organizations and agencies. The participants included representatives from the non-government organizations (NGOs) working on resource management, sustainable agriculture, conservation and environmental protection (Conservation International-Philippines, Palawan Center for Appropriate Rural Technology [PCART], Institute for the Development of Educational and Ecological Alternatives, Inc. [IDEAS], Palawan NGO Network Inc. [PNNI] and Katala Foundation, Inc.), people’s organizations from San Vicente and Narra, Palawan (Macatumbalen Community Based Forest and Coastal Management Association [CBFMA], SIKAP, Inc., Phil. UNICEF Tribe from San Vicente, Palawan, and Calategas Irrigators Services Association [CISA] from Calategas, Narra, Palawan), socio-civic organization (ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc.) and government agencies (DENR-PENRO, DENR-CENRO, City ENRO , City Legal Office, PCSDS, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Tubbataha Management Office, PNP Maritime Group, Palawan Provincial Police Office and Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm).


Atty. Grizelda Mayo-Anda, ELAC Executive Director, opened the training-orientation. Atty. Christine Antoniette O. Ramos presented the Overview of the Project Hustisya Natin. She also facilitated a quick workshop on the local situationer of the judicial system concerns and presented a short input on the national situationer.


The training-orientation included inputs and discussions on several relevant laws by various resource persons as well as workshops on selected topics. Atty. Grizelda Mayo-Anda discussed the concept, nature and evolution of human rights, the law and the legal system, overview of court and administrative procedures and special judicial remedies with key points on administrative procedure and special judicial remedies. Atty. Leopoldo MP. Legazpi, former Judge of the RTC Branch 49 in Palawan, focused on the overview of the judiciary. Prosecutor Gidor D. Manero, Associate Provincial Prosecutor of Palawan, discussed key aspects of the criminal and civil procedures. Atty. Anne Maureen B. Manigbas of Ateneo Human Rights Center, spoke about judicial ethics.


On the afternoon of day 2, Atty. Anne Maureen B. Manigbas of AHRC conducted a focus group discussion as part of the process of developing the monitoring tool.


The training-orientation ended with awarding of certificates of participation to the participants by the Hustisya Natin Palawan Local Coordinator. The Hustisya Natin team thanked everyone for participating in the two-day training-orientation.