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City Government of Tacurong Advocates Against Human Trafficking

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)

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Women solo parents’ solidarity rite starts 18-day campaign vs violence

TACURONG CITY—Orange ribbons now adorn the twenty-three flagpoles in Tacurong City Hall symbolizing the advocacy to End Violence Against Women (VAW) Now.

Members of the LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association tied these ribbons during a rite dubbed A Call for Solidarity that kicked off the 18-day Campaign against VAW in the City on 23 November 2015.

Before the ceremony, the association also provided a background on the current situation of women and girls and the risks of domestic violence. LGU employee and officials, and uniformed personnel witnessed the ceremony.

The LGU Women Employees Solo Parents Association is composed of single moms, widows, foster parents, and OFW spouses.

According to Gender and Development Focal Person Nancy Bawe, LGU-Tacurong had set activities in the barangays to sustain the empowerment of women and advocates. “Activities for male and female advocates are set for this campaign..not just about VAW but also about human trafficking,” said Bawe.

The MOVE or Men Oppose Violence against women and children Everywhere, a LGU-based male organization, had also started forums to earlier this month to share information about VAWC.

The annual 18-Day Campaign against VAW which runs from November 25 to December 12 is pursuant to Republic Act 10398. (Jezereel Billano-Fabreag

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