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PIACAT intensifies drive against human trafficking

Dumaguete City (15 September) -- Negros Oriental Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (PIACAT) strengthen its efforts to combat human trafficking by massive public awareness activities and vowed to prosecute those exploiting victims in a work planning held this week.

St. Paul University representative Romualdo Seneres of PIACAT said the province is still identified as destination, transit and source point for victims of human trafficking, however, anti-trafficking efforts of PIACAT here has performed better compared to other provinces.

Dondee Seneres said for the past three years the council has intensified its campaign through series of orientation on Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as the Anti- Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 to local government units, media partners, Philippine National police, airport and sea port personnel, porters and security guards, and to some public school teachers.

He said concrete steps still need to be taken to address both sex trafficking and labour trafficking as SPUD itself has initiated the advocacy to pass a Kasambahay ordinance wherein it requires all household helpers in Dumaguete City to register in the barangay or City Social Welfare & Development office.

While the ordinance is still in process with City Councilors Joe Kenneth Arbas and Emmanuel Arbon as the author, some 200 house helpers are now registered and given skills training by SPUD under its kasambahay program. Every Sunday at 2-4 in the afternoon basic skills training is conducted such as cooking, dressmaking and others.

Hence, Seneres enjoined the colleges and universities to be part of the campaign as part of their social responsibility to empower the kasambahay by providing some HRM or Nursing students to tutor them.

To keep up the drive against trafficking, PIACAT prevention committee has lined up some plans specifically organizing a Sagip Batang Manggagawa Quick Action Team by DOLE, list all the working students, orientation-briefing for tri-media and LGUs, and inspection-visit in Tambobo Bay. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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