The Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines (CMA) conducted its Diplomacy Training Program: Capacity Building on Migrant Rights, Advocacy and Case Management for Community-Based Migrant Organizations last October 2-5, 2018 at the Brokenshire Bahay ng Alumni, Davao City. The training was conducted in partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region XI and supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).
The participants learned from facilitators, resource persons and each other about Philippine labor migration, the situation and key issues, migrants’ rights, legal framework and migration governance, migrants’ access to justice, discrimination, racism and xenophobia, migrants’ voice and empowerment as social and political actors, political empowerment, organizing and advocacy skills and advocacy agenda through a mix of different participatory learning activities: plenary discussion, small group workshops and case studies, a mapping exercise, individual exercise (OFW profiling exercise, organizational profiling), short lectures with powerpoint presentation or videos, dialogue with a panel of representatives of select government agencies and role play. The solidarity night was also a learning opportunity as the numbers presented by each of the groups were themed migration too. Each participant also used their individual training kits and brought home references from different government agencies related to migration governance.