Served as the chairperson of the PRRM from 2007 to 2009. He is currently the chairperson of the Agrarian Justice Foundation Inc. and of the Philippine Working Group on the ASEAN Mechanism for Human Rights. He is a member of the Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism Inc. (MABINI); and lead convenor of the Fair Trade Alliance of the Philippines.
Former Senator Wigberto E. Tañada remains a key player in Philippine civil-society movements. As senator (1987-1995) and as the Congressional Representative of the 4th District of Quezon province (1995-2001), he authored and co-authored significant bills strengthening the Commission on Human Rights; democratizing control and access to fishery and aquatic resources; and supporting the cause of marginalized sectors.
Among the awards and citations he has received are: Gawad Makatao from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Makatao Award from the Urban Poor Solidarity; Gawad Gomburza from the Kapatirang Gomburza; Outstanding in the Field of Nationalism, for being the people’s conscience, from Senate reporters; Outstanding and Fearless Legislative Leadership Award from the Progressive Alliance of Citizens for Democracy; Outstanding in the Anti-Bases and Anti-Nuclear Struggle; Hall of Fame for Outstanding Economic Nationalist from the Nationalist Economic Protectionism Association; and Outstanding Filipino for Government and Public Service from the Philippine Jaycees Senate and the Insular Life Assurance Inc.’s Ten Outstanding Filipinos Award.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines