The Stakeholders’ Brainstorming Workshops (SBWs) were hosted by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) that aimed to collaborate with and get the opinions of the stakeholders on the museum the commission is heading.
These workshops were conducted in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in order to be inclusive in the brainstorming of the museum. The workshops were conducted in the University of the Philippines Diliman for the Luzon SBW, in Best Western Plus Lex, Cebu City for the Visayas SBW and in Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City for the Mindanao SBW in 2018.
The workshop started with an opening ecumenical prayer, national anthem and welcoming remarks from the Executive Director of the commission, Mr. Carmelo Victor A. Crisanto. Mr. Crisanto welcomes the participants, explains the mandate of the commission, the plans for the museum and the goals of the workshop. The workshop aimed to: (1) provide an avenue for other victims to share their stories and testimonies on Martial Law; (2) put into words the things that happened during the Martial Law period (1972-1986) that were not written, and; (3) create a memory.
Participants came from different sectors like education, legal, policy, advocacy groups, art and architecture. Indigenous peoples and religious communities were also represented in the workshops. While most of the stakeholders that attended were victims of the Martial Law period, the younger generation of students and young professionals were also in attendance. Victims of human rights violations talked about their experience and involvement during the period.