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At most 100 members of various tricycle operators and drivers associations (TODA) in Tacurong participated in the Anti-Trafficking Symposium, Atbp conducted and sponsored by the city government, Task Force Sagip Anghel, and Philippines Against Children Trafficking (PACT) on January 31, at Jims Place II, Tacurong City.
Participants were informed of the RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and its provisions.
The LGU is currently implementing an anti-trafficking ordinance, and conducts rescue operations as well as provides assistance to trafficked persons through TF-Sagip Anghel, the Tacurong Police and TF-Talakudong.
“Ginagawa natin ang serye nga mga pagpupulong tulad nito para matulungan nyo kami sa pagsugpo ng mga di kanais-nais na pangyayari laban sa ating mga kababaihan,” Hon. Psyche Sucaldito, TF-Sagip Anghel Chair, addressed the participants. Sucaldito also said that tricycle drivers can be key informants in this issue because of their constant presence in the city even at night.
Hon. Paulino Ledda, Chair of the Transport Committee, and Hon. Ariel Ferdinand dela Cruz, Chair of the Education Committee thanked the participants for their willingness to participate in the efforts of the government in protecting children and women.
Aside from RA 9208, the drivers and operators were also refreshed of traffic rules and regulations by the LGU traffic personnel. The City Treasury Office also took advantage of the activity to inform the TODAs of their business and license processing.
A series of anti-Trafficking symposium and activities were already conducted in December 2012 with students, uniformed personnel, and barangay officials as participants. The city also observed the Day Against Trafficking on December 12, 2012.
Another set of TODA participants will be subject to the same activity on February 1, 2013.
Jezereel Louise C. Billano