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PIA Press Release
2010/12/09

Samar joins International Day Against Trafficking

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (December 9) -- Samarnons are now more aware and conscious of trafficking cases in their barangays.

In today's observance of International Day Against Trafficking, some 200 advocates against human trafficking gathered at the Samar Gym to "speak out" on human trafficking that has victimized Samar.

The group observed the day with a mass, a ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly refurbished God's Love Center for Women and Children (an after care for would be victims of trafficking), a motorcade, and a program where speakers talked about the different Republic Acts on anti-trafficking.

The group was composed mostly of PNP women who man the Women and Children's Protection Desk (WCPD) from almost all over Samar.

Plan Philippines and the International Justice Mission (IJM) partnered with the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) for the activity.

Elena Morados of the IJM talked about how the mission touched base with 364 barangays in their area of coverage and reached four thousand families in their two-year operations.

"The US government is giving financial assistance to fight the so called modern slavery ?human trafficking," said Morados.

Meanwhile, Ms Libby Jaboli of the PSWDO who also acts as the center manager said that latest data revealed that the towns of Paranas, Gandara, Jiabong have been added to Tarangnan, Daram and Catbalogan as areas where trafficked victims originate.

Police Officer Marvin Ordonia suggested that LGUs address the root causes of trafficking as some kind of prevention.

Poverty and ignorance are still said to be the root causes of human trafficking. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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