ISUFST to host Human Rights,  Peace Ed film screening event

The Iloilo State University of Fisheries Science and Technology (ISUFST) proudly announces its upcoming educational event, “Hilway: Film Screening and Forum on Human Rights and Peace Education,” scheduled for April 25 and 26, 2024. This critical initiative aims to enhance students’ and faculty’s understanding of human rights and peacebuilding, which aligns with national education policies and the university’s commitment to social justice.

ISUFST President Dr. Nordy Siason, Jr., a history and humanities academic himself, emphasizes the event’s significance: “As we prepare for the ‘Hilway’ activity, we reaffirm ISUFST’s dedication to social justice and academic excellence. This event goes beyond a simple screening—it’s an educational initiative that illuminates lesser-known aspects of our history and underscores the need for a justice-driven culture. ‘11,103’ not only informs but also engages our students and faculty in vital discussions, enhancing our commitment to rigorous inquiry and empathetic understanding, essential for cultivating an informed and equitable community.”

The event features “11,103,” a documentary directed by Mike Alcazaren and Jeannette Ifurung. It won Best Documentary at the 46th Gawad Urian in November 2023. The film explores the profound impact of martial law in the Philippines, aligning with the CHED mandates on integrating human rights and peace education into academic curricula.

Activities will occur over two days at various ISUFST campuses, starting in Day 1 (Thursday, April 25) at the Main Campus-Tiwi Site (8 a.m.-11 a.m.) and the Main Campus-Poblacion Site (1 p.m.-4 p.m.); and Day 2 (Friday, April 26) at the Dumangas Campus (8 a.m.-11 a.m.). Targeting college and select high school students, along with faculty members, the event is a collaborative effort involving the following offices: Office of Student Affairs and Services, Office of International Affairs and Linkages, Office of Gender and Development (GAD), Public Affairs, Marketing, and Communication Office (PAMCO), Main Library, and the student government bodies led by the Federated Student Council.

Jose Eugene Salazar, President of ISUFST Federated Student Council, invites the community to participate: “Empowering us students with knowledge of human rights and peace education prepares us to lead with justice, equality, and harmony. I invite my fellow students to join us in revisiting the crucial role of student leaders during our country’s challenging times. Let’s come together on April 25 and 26, at ‘Hilway,’ where it will highlight the importance of human rights and peace. Together, let’s honor our past and be advocates for a just and humane future. Don’t miss ‘11,103,’ a film that reminds us of our duty to remember, learn, and act.”

Program highlights include an open forum with Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission (HRVVMC) Executive Director Chuck Crisanto, leaders from Dakila, and the production team of ‘11,103’—the same team who generously waived the viewing rights of ‘11,103’ so it can be shown for free to the students. This unique opportunity for direct engagement underscores ISUFST’s commitment to promoting social justice, critical thinking, and civic awareness, which is crucial for nurturing informed, compassionate future leaders. (Herman Lagon/PAMCO)