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DILG, CSOs join hands vs human trafficking

Tacloban City (November 20) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government joined forces with four civil society groups for an intensified campaign against human trafficking in the country.

DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo identified the four civil society organizations as Blas F. Ople Center and Training Institute; Visayan Forum Foundation Inc.; Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines; and Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy.

In a report posted at the DILG website, Secretary Robredo said that all parties have agreed to further intensify the advocacies, interventions and active participation of local government units (LGUs) in the fight against human trafficking in the country.

Secretary Robredo added that the private sector's participation in the campaign is essential, considering their network and resources.

He explained that the Philippines, which has been chosen as the lead shepherd for trafficking in persons among member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), has always been in the forefront of the regional and local campaign against human trafficking.

Reports from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed that from January 2008 to September this year, some 816 women and children were victims of human trafficking. Of the number, 420 are women and 396 are children.

Under the agreement, civil society groups shall be the primary partners of the DILG in promoting and supporting a systematic information dissemination and prevention campaign against trafficking in persons.

Specifically, they shall develop guidelines and communication materials on the identification and response to trafficking cases in source, transit and destination areas, as well as conduct trainings among DILG and LGU personnel on prevention, detection, prosecution, re-integration and community education. (PIA 8 with report from DILG 8) [top]

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