The Ramento Project for Rights Defenders (RPRD) is a project of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente that receives support from Bread for the World.
The South Central Luzon Bishops Conference (SCLBC) serves as the steward of the project for and in behalf of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente; thus RPRD also functions as a project component of the South-Central Luzon – Bishop Aglipay Mission (SCL-BAM).
The main services of RPRD are two-fold; (1) Sanctuary Service and (2) Capacity Enhancement for Human Rights Defenders.
(1) Supporting sanctuaries to provide protection to Human Rights Defenders is giving muscle to the Church’s long standing declaration offering church buildings, convents and other edifices as sanctuaries and zones of peace. This service benefits HRDs whose lives and security are under serious and various forms of dangers.
(2) The education or capacity enhancement component seeks to address the needs of HRDs to further equip themselves both in knowledge and skills thereby consolidating their capacities and commitments to protect and promote human rights amidst life-threatening situations.
The support project component of advocacy and network building takes charge in building cooperation with network organizations and churches local and abroad, and in projecting human right issues to the IFI constituency in South-Central Luzon dioceses and the wider public.