Working Group Bids
Farewell, Welcomes New Program Officer
(August 16, 2007/ Manila) The Working Group for an ASEAN
Human Rights Mechanism (Working Group) temporarily bade
farewell to its program officer, Ms. Maita Chan-Gonzaga.
She will be on study leave as she pursues her LLM at Oxford
University. The Working Group wishes Maita all the best
and looks forward to welcoming her back to its Manila-based
secretariat in September 2008.
Ms. Maita Chan-Gonzaga
“Maita made many contributions to the Working Group
during the past three years. Her efficiency at work and
her keen understanding of the human rights issues in the
region made her an invaluable member of our secretariat,”
said Secretary General Carlos Medina Jr.
Ms. Sarah Lou Ysmael Arriola will be taking over Maita's
program officer duties until she returns. Ms. Arriola
is no stranger to the Working Group, having managed the
secretariat from 1998-2004. Prior to her return to the
Working Group, Sarah served as an advocacy and protocol
officer to Philippine Senator Ma. Anna “Jamby”
Madrigal in 2006. She was also a program officer of the
International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia-
Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific) from 2005 to early 2006.
Ms. Sarah Lou Ysmael Arriola
Ms. Arriola finished her Juris Doctor degree at the Ateneo
Law School and pursued her LLM in International Human Rights
Law degree at the University of Essex as a British Chevening