Zambo NGOs, GOs link to strengthen drive against illegal recruitment
By Narrabelle Z. Bue
Zamboanga City (21 February) -- During a panel discussion last Feb 17 held at the International Airport, Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX Director Teodulo Romo enjoined stakeholders and the public to be vigilant against illegal recruiters and their victims.
Director Romo, who joined Father Sebastiano Ambra of the Silsillah Peace and Development Movement (SPDM) and Dr. Marcelina Carpiso of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Center for Peace and Development for the panel discussion, he confirmed cases of young females being recruited as store helpers in Malaysia but later on forced to work as prostitutes or entertainers and mentioned that his office has been receiving reports on women seeking for help from relatives for their return to Philippines.
To help popularize the issue, government agencies lead in the campaign against human trafficking.
Representatives from the DSWD, Philippine National Police, Philippine Ports Authority, POEA and Silsillah trooped to the Guiwan Bus Terminal at 9 am for the unveiling of the mini-billboard and immediately proceeded to the Terminal 2 of the local wharf and concluding the activity at the Departure Area of the Zamboanga City International Airport.
Fr. Ambra was assisted by Director Romo in the bus terminal activity while Mr. Leonilo Miole of PPA and Mr. Celso Bayabos of the Civil Aviation Authority aided the founder of the SPDM in the succeeding ceremonies.
The activity was organized by the Filipino Overseas Development and Peace Desk (FODP) of the SPDS in collaboration with POEA and the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Trafficking. Fr. Ambra, in his closing message lauded the efforts of the organizers and encouraged other stakeholders to make commitment a style of life and couple their efforts with love, for with it, anything is possible. (DSWD-9/PIA9-BST) [top]