“Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. The government and the public must work together to stop this,” said Tacurong Sagip Anghel Chairperson and Councilor Psyche Sucaldito during the Awareness-Raising Activity on Human Trafficking, December 9.

LGU-Tacurong implements Ordinance 01-2011 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Ordinance of the City of Tacurong with the help of the CIACAT-VAW or the City Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking and VAWC.

Sucaldito notes how important strong partnerships are in combating this crime. “Recently, Sagip Anghel Task Force of LGU-Tacurong and PNP rescued two minors, with ages 12 and 15, who work as entertainers [in a bar] in the city,” reported Sucaldito. “It was a very long, careful process. But it paid off with the help of our partners,” she said.

“Hindi kaya ng city government o ng pulis lang ang paglaban sa ganitong krimen. Kelangan magsimula sa barangay, tahanan, sa mga magulang. Dapat may alam sila para hindi sila mabiktima,” said Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito.

The awareness-raising activity was conducted in celebration of the International Day Against Human Trafficking on December 12.

VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) Desk In-Charge of the city’s 20 barangays, officers of Men Oppose Violence against Women and children Everywhere (MOVE), 4Ps beneficiaries, Association of Barangay Councils, and PNP-Tacurong joined the event. Representatives of participating sectors delivered campaign and commitment messages, inspiring everyone to speak up and take action against the prevalence of violence and slavery among vulnerable population especially women and children.

A participant even shared her own story in trying to get her daughter back from a syndicate in Manila.

“Kung may mabal-an kita nga mga mali nga nagakaratabo sa komunidad, hindi kita magduha-duha nga magpabulig sa mga awtoridad,” said LGU VAWC Foccal Person Nancy M. Bawe. “Nagasalig man kita sa mga VAWC Desk In-Charge sa mga barangay nga mahimo sila nga strong advocates against VAWC and trafficking,” Bawe added.
(LGU-Tacurong City Information)