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Calbayog mayor accepts challenge to lead anti-human trafficking moves

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (December 3) -- Calbayog City Mayor Reynaldo Uy readily accepted the challenge posed by US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., to take over their cause :to stop human trafficking.

Yesterday, December 2, Thomas was in Calbayog City to bid goodbye to six LGU partners in the movement against human trafficking and folded up operations of the International Justice Mission (IJM) the NG financed by the US to combat hman trafficking.

In a separate interview, Uy said he, along with the other five mayors, is ready to take over from where IJM left off.

He is proud of an ordinance drafted to fight trafficking.

"The entry of IJM in Calbayog City was highly appreciated."

"The move against human trafficking was high on the list of my priorities," Uy said in his welcome message.

In the interview that ensued, Uy talked about meeting the mayors of Daram, Sata Margarita, San Jorge, Gandara and Catbalogan to seriously treat the issues on human trafficking.

Presently he said that they are kept busy by the elections of federated presidents of SK and Liga ng Barangay.

After these are settled, Uy promised to seriously treat the matter.

IJM left Uy and the other mayors with functional Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), functional local counterparts of the inter-agency councils against trafficking, trained police officers, trained members of the judiciary by the Judicial Academy, an enlightened populace on trafficking issues and a center for trafficked victims.

IJM officials recognized its strong partnership with LGU Calbayog for the different activities that IJM held in its anti-trafficking movement. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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