Since we launched the online Philippine Cultures of Peace sessions in March, our team knew that we did not reach out to all the sectors of society due to poor internet access.
On June 24-25, 2020, Kins facilitated a workshop on the Reorientation on the Basic Instruments for the Protection of the Rights and Welfare of Informal Settlers and Strategic Planning Workshop for twelve leaders of the Alliance of Informal Settlers Organization (AISO), a federation of urban poor organizations of Tagbilaran City, Bohol. The Diocesan Social Action Center of Tagbilaran invited Kins to facilitate the workshop.
The venue of the activity was at Balay Kahayag (House of Brightness), Baclayon, Bohol. To ensure that we followed standard protocols, we checked the body temperatures, everybody wore face masks, washed hands frequently, and observed physical distancing. We reminded each other to wash hands properly and not to touch our masks or our faces. Healthy food and drinks were available throughout the program. The organizers hired two tourist vans to transport us to ensure distancing.
For the first time, the group met in person since the March 16 lockdown. We practiced the tools of stopping, good listening, speaking out, and empathy. They observed that when they were calm, relaxed, and open, they could remember and analyze situations. One participant shared that “as a leader, it is very challenging to listen because she is so used to fixing problems. However, in the workshop, she realized that long-term solutions come out of active listening.