In line with the 18-day Campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW), the City Government of Tacurong, through the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Councilor Psyche Sucaldito, and CIACAT-VAWC, celebrated the International Day Against Human Trafficking Activity on December 9, 2015 at the Tacurong City Sports and Cultural Center.

During the program, which also served as the culmination of the 18-day VAW campaign, over 150 participants attended to sign and pledge commitment to the Stop Human Trafficking advocacy.

Also present during the program were Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. They all led in the effort by signing the pledge of commitment. In his message, the vice mayor assured that an ordinance called “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Ordinance of the City of Tacurong” has been passed by the city legislature. Once fully enforced through the commitment of all involved agencies, Tacurong City will be more equipped and safe against human trafficking.

Furthermore, the rest of the participants joined in the Traffic Dance Move during the program where everyone wore a white glove to signify their stand against human trafficking. An audio-visual presentation entitled “Enslave Philippines”, a documentary on human trafficking in the country, was screened right after.

The 18-day VAW campaign, which began on November 25, 2015 and will end on December 12, 2015, opened with A Call for Solodarity, a rite where orange icons were simultaneously tied in different areas in the city including the Tacurong city hall and other conspicuous areas in the barangays.

The CSWD also conducted an orientation on RA 9262, also known as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, at the CDRRMC building, which was attended by women and parents representatives from various sectors of the city. On the same period, MOVE or Men Oppose Violence Against Women and Children Everywhere, an advocacy group composed of male employees from Tacurong-LGU, conducted a screening of an audio-visual presentation on human trafficking as part of the information drive to spread awareness of the crime.

Human trafficking refers to the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of persons with or without the victim’s consent or knowledge, within or across national borders by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person, or, the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation which includes at a minimum, the exploitation or the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or the removal or sale of organs.(RA 9208)

 

– (Yen Robles, Tacurong-LGU)