The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P) has engaged in a range of activities to promote the R2P norm in the Philippines. This includes intensive training programs for Philippine government policy analysts funded by AusAid, supporting the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) in R2P training workshops for Muslim human rights trainers in Mindanao, and cooperating with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) to host a seminar series in Manila. APR2P is partnered with Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and Ateneo de Manila University.
The FSI is the prime training and research institute for Philippine foreign policy, diplomacy, and related fields, as well as a recognized centre for language learning. The Institute designs and conducts training programs tailored to the needs of personnel in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and other government agencies assigned to Philippine foreign-service posts. The FSI undertakes independent research on issues relevant to international relations and foreign policy as well as policy studies in aid of foreign policy formulation, management, and evaluation.
Contact in the Philippines
Dr. Maria Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza – Ateneo de Manila University
Dr. Maria Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza ('Vene') is a feminist political scientist whose research interests and advocacy work are in the areas of women in politics, women’s human rights in armed conflict situations, transnational women’s movements, international norms against wartime rape and sexual violence, and women’s politics at the margins of everyday lives. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. She has a BA in Political Science, MA in International Studies, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Philippines.
Mr. Julio Amador III –Deputy Director, Foreign Service Institute Department of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Julio Amador provides policy analysis and strategic advice to the Office of ASEAN Affairs, Office for Strategic Policy and Planning Coordination and Office of Asia-Pacific Affairs under the Department of Foreign Affairs. He has served as a member of Philippine Delegations to ASEAN and other bilateral meetings and was recently supporting expert to the country’s Eminent Representative to the Second East Asian Vision Group. His research and policy interests are Philippine Foreign and Economic Policy, East Asian Integration, Southeast Asia security and politics, ASEAN, and Security Analysis. He is a Yuchengco Fellow for the Young Leaders Program of the Pacific Forum CSIS, Fellow of the Ronald Coase Institute and the Salzburg Global Seminar, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego in 2007. In 2012, he was an Australian Leadership Award Fellow at APR2P and a Fulbright Principal Candidate for graduate studies in the US.
For upcoming listings for APR2P events in the Philippines and the region, see Events.
April 2012 - Intensive Training Program for Philippine Government Representatives
On 16-27 April, APR2P carried out an intensive short-term training module on the Responsibility to Protect and mass atrocities’ prevention and response for Philippine government policy analysts. The program, funded by the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (AusAID), offered advanced training to participants to examine the implications of R2P on the Philippines’ domestic and foreign policy.
March 2012 - R2P Training Workshop for Muslim Women Human Rights Trainers in Mindanao, Philippines
APR2P supported the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy (PCID) with the delivery of a one-day R2P training workshop on 31 March for Muslim women human rights trainers in Mindanao; conducted by Dr. Maria Lourdes Veneracion-Rallonza, the co-coordinator of the Centre’s Philippines country program. Since 2011, the Centre has supported PCID in conducting training workshops, which have increased the amount of community-level training on R2P in the Philippines, particularly among Muslim religious leaders in Mindanao.
November 2010 - R2P Seminar Series held in Manila, Philippines
APR2P, in cooperation with the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), conducted a series of seminars for academics, civil society groups, students, and government sector representatives in Manila on 8-12 November 2010. The seminars provided an update on R2P developments, the role of the ICRtoP, and the sharing of African experiences in promoting R2P in the continent.
June 2009 - Workshop: R2P Constituency Building in the Philippines held in Manila, Philippines
The Philippine Programme of the APR2P held a workshop in Manila on 25-26 June 2009 at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel with some 50 participants from government, academe, civil society, and media sectors in the Philippines. It was the first in a series of workshops on R2P constituency building that attempted to bring together public intellectuals, government and military officials in their private capacities, retired diplomats, civil society organization representatives, and people from academe and research institutes that have an interest in understanding, debating, and/or advocating the R2P principle in the Philippines.