The Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) has successfully conducted 7 Survivors’ Discussion Groups (SDG) in select areas in the Philippines for 2019.
The first SDG was held at Manila in March. The purpose of the meeting was for the survivors of the human rights violations during the Marcos Martial Law and the commission to stay in close contact and foster a healthy relationship with each other. It was noted by the commission that only a few of the 11, 103 victims who were recognized by the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board are organized and HRVVMC would like to assist them by organizing these discussion groups.
Listed below are the other SDGs conducted for 2019:
- May 6, 2019 – Davao
- May 22, 2o19 – Bacolod
- June 26, 2019 – Iloilo
- July 24, 2019 – Antique
- September 10, 2019- Samar
- September 12, 2019 – Tacloban
During the SDGs, the survivors were updated about the commission’s project The Freedom Memorial Museum Design Competition which started last April 5, 2019 and ended on August 21, 2019, the Essential Truths Seminar program for the teachers, Memorabilia Collection from the survivors, and the efforts to strengthen the information dissemination program of the commission.