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DSWD Caraga orients media on anti-trafficking in persons campaign

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (April 2) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Caraga Region oriented recently the local tri-media on Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003", in one of the local convention centers here.

During the orientation, Dr. Marcelina Carpizo, President of the Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) presented the global and national context of trafficking in persons in which, she said, some of the factors that abet child trafficking include globalization and poverty, consumerism, culture, aftermath of war, breakdown of families, out-migration networks, lack of education and information, gender discrimination, modernization and development, and official corruption and collaboration.

At the global level, Dr. Carpizo said, human trafficking for sexual exploitation is reported more frequent than other forms like trafficking for forced labor.

Carpizo added, human trafficking remains the third most profitable illicit trade, next to arm and drug trades. This is shown in the record of the revenue generated annually amounting at about $9.5 billion.

Meanwhile, Jbione Pagalan, Social Welfare Officer of DSWD-Caraga reported that a total of 103 victims were posted from 2004 to 2007, with the highest number of victims posted in 2005, which is 53 or an equivalent of 51.45 percent.

Pagalan also reported that of all provinces and cities in the region Agusan del Sur posted highest number of trafficked persons and followed by Butuan City.

To date, Pagalan added DSWD-Caraga provided services to the victims in terms of counseling, temporary shelter or referral to center, provision of transportation and financial assistance, referral for family assessment, and facilitating family reunification.

Pagalan also said, advocacy campaign activities were also conducted through television and radio guestings, reproduction of stickers and brochures, and lobbying with the local legislators for passage of local legislations along RA 9208 in support of the law.

With this development, Pagalan encouraged the participants to do their share to curb the issue on trafficking in persons, by intensifying advocacy campaign of the law to the public, and strengthening the coordination and networking with other agencies for the full implementation of the future activities. (PIA-13) [top]

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