March 7, 2010

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a German political foundation, has brought the exhibit entitled “For Freedom and Social Justice” to General Santos City. The exhibit will be housed at the Mindanao State University (MSU) from 8 to 12 March 2010. 

“For Freedom and Social Justice” is a means to showcase the long struggle of the oldest political party in Germany, the Social Democratic Party (SPD). The history of the party is chronicled, from its origins in the nineteenth century to its transformation from a workers’ party to a “people’s party.” Also portrayed is the party’s continuing struggle to adapt and actualize social democratic values and ideas such as freedom, social justice and solidarity.

The “For Freedom and Social Justice” GENSAN experience would offer guided walkthroughs to MSU classes, members of various organizations, as well as walk-in exhibit viewers. Forums would tackle on topics such as the relationship between labor unions and political parties both in Germany and the Philippines, and the effects of neo-liberalism on the labor sector. Another forum would provide a venue for people to know more about political parties active in the SOCSARGEN region. Finally, a major side event is a debate entitled “Atbanganay 2010,” which would gather candidates for local political positions. Atbanganay 2010 is to be held in partnership with ABS-CBN Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo.

DATE/TIME ACTIVITY/ VENUE Involved Orgs/groups/person
March 8, 2010


12:00-1:00PM Press Conference

Venue: MSU

1:00-1:30PM Arrival/Registration

Venue: MSU

FTV, SOCKSARGEN SK, Gensan Student Councils, Gensan LGU, YouthVotePhil,


1:30-3:00PM Invocation

Venue: MSU

National Anthem

Cultural Presentation 

Opening Remarks

University President 

Keynote Addresses: 

Mr. Mirko Herberg

FES Resident Representative 


Sarimanok Arts


3:00-3:30PM Ribbon Cutting  
3:30-4:00PM Exhibit walkthrough 

Venue: MSU

Sarangani, GenSan and South Cot. SK and Student Councils, Gensan and South Cotabato local media
4:00-4:30PM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

IPs, Elderly and Women sector
March 9, 2010


9:00-10:00AM Labor-Party members exhibit walkthrough MSU  
10:00-12:30AM Labor Union-Political Party Relations: Dynamics and Lessons Derived from Germany and the Philippines

CIU-APL-Akbayan Leaders Forum 

Mr. Mirko Herberg

Mr. Tom Villarin

Ms. Mafe Abad, ANGAT VP for Mindanao


Venue: MSU

2:30-3:30 PM Exhibit walkthrough NDDU class
3:30-4:30 PM Exhibit walkthrough Fraternities (APO, Tau Gamma Phi, Tau Alpha Omega, Anchorians, Kapatirang Pleabians)
March 10, 2010


8:00-9:30am Exhibit Walkthrough Venue: MSU Holy Trinity College student leaders, Faculty and Admin
10:00-11:00am Exhibit Walkthrough Venue: MSU Students Gensan Foundation College Inc.
1:00pm-4:00pm “Atbanganay 2010”

The GenSan Local Politicians Debate 

Venue: Family Hotel Convention Center

Media Partner: ABS-CBN Boto Mo, Ipatrol Mo


FTV, SK GenSan, SSC Gensan, Local Media

March 11, 2010


8:30-9:30am Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

MSU-SSC, PSEAS- (Public Sector Employees Association) of Socsargen
9:30-12:00am Effects of Neoliberalism on  Labor Issues

Prof.  Mario Aguja


Venue: MSU

1:00-2:00pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

MSU ministries, Muslim Student Association
2:00-3:00pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

LGBT (empress MSU)

MSU PolScie Society

3:30-4:30pm Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

Notre Dame of Marbel University Students
March 12, 2010


9:00 –  10:00 AM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

NDDU class
11:00 –  12:00 PM Exhibit walkthrough

Venue: MSU

Akbayan Youth
1:30-4:00 PM Closing Ceremonies

Venue: MSU


Get to know your Party: Partylist Organizations and Mainstream Political Parties in the 2010 Elections


Invite PL orgs / mainstream political  active at the local level


(i.e., Akbayan, TUCP, People’s Champ Movement)


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