Transition: Prof. Anita Magbitang-Chauhan, 72

September 22, 2017

Lawyer Anita Magbitang‒Chauhan, professor of the John Wesley School of Law and Governance, passed away last September 22 at her home in Kapitan Pepe Subdivision, Cabanatuan City of cardio-pulmonary arrest though the antecedent cause was breast cancer with metastasis. She was 72 years old.

Chauhan was the director of the Wesleyan Research and Development Office and Communications Center from 1980 to 1981.

Known as a human rights lawyer and advocate, Chauhan was a visiting fellow of the University of Hong Kong where she once delivered a nine-hour lecture about human rights,

She received a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the, International Institute on Human Rights in Strasbourg, France in 1989 and from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme, Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands in 1992.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree, magna cum laude, from St. Paul University, Tuguegarao, Cagayan. She `took up her Master of Arts in English in 1971, Master of Arts in Filipino in 1977, and Bachelor of Laws in 1983 at Araullo University, Cabanatuan City. She finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Supervision at Centro Escolar University, Mendiola, Manila; and obtained a Diploma in International Law and Organization for Development in 1992 at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands.

Chauhan held key academic positions in various universities and colleges in Nueva Ecija, Cagayan, and Aurora.

She was a founding member and chairperson of the National Federation of Centers for Human Rights Education; legal officer of Kiwanis Division 2 C-1 of Nueva Ecija and president of Kiwanis International Cradle Advocates Club; national coordinator of Vanguards of the Philippine Constitution, Inc.; lifetime member of the Philippine Association of University Women—Nueva Ecija Chapter; incorporator and founding member of Improvement of Life and Advancement of Women, Inc.; president of Central Luzon Research Council for Cooperative Development, Inc.; former president of Philippine Society for Curriculum Development; former president, trustee, and chairperson of Alliance for Progress and Unity, Inc.—an organization which promotes migrant workers’ rights and welfare; former executive director of Nueva Ecija Human Rights Action Center; founding president and former chief executive officer of Pampamayanang Ahensya na Nagtataguyod sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran ng Tao Foundation, Inc.; former project consultant of the Association of Schools of Public Administration; former president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Association of Extension Program Implementors, Inc.; and former consultant on community relations of Riverforest Development Corporation in Sumalo, Hermosa, Bataan.

Chauhan authored numerous researches and publications on human rights, agrarian reform, indigenous peoples’ rights, languages, literature, law education, curriculum and business management.

She was proclaimed as Outstanding Educator by the Rotary Club of Cabanatuan City in 1971; awarded the Diego Silang Award by the Provincial Government of La Union in 2005; Outstanding Third Level Government Official by the Association of Regional Executives Pammadayaw Award in 2006; an adopted daughter of the Kibungan Kankana-ey Tribe in 2006; and awrded a plaque of recognition for Human Rights by Anak ng Cabanatuan, Inc. ###