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Bacolod reports 16 cases of human trafficking

Negros Occidental (21 November) -- Bacolod City has currently 16 cases of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) according to city Councilor Jocelle Batapa.

During a consultation meeting with Anti-trafficking Community Network here sponsored by the USAID and Solidarity Center Anti-Trafficking Project2 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Batapa, who is also a lawyer, said the cases is being attended by the city.

She disclosed that one of the main problems they face in dealing with TIP victims is in the reintegration of victims to their family and community where the lack of social workers is critically felt.

Women working against trafficking. From left, Provincial Social Work and Development Chief Liane Garcia, Bacolod City Councilor Jocelle Batapa-Sigue and Former Congresswoman Edith Villanueva during the Consultation-Meeting on Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Delivering her speech is National Project Coordinator Anne Lee Fos of the Anti-Trafficking Project2. (PIA-Bacolod)

Batapa is seeking for the accreditation of local Non-Government Organizations that will fulfill the lack of manpower and competence to handle the victims.

Anti-Traficking Project2 National Project Coordinator Anna Lee Fos notice some lapses and difficulty in identifying actual victims of "Trafficking in Person" in reports submitted by government offices.

She also said problems in TIP is best solved through the cooperation of local government units beginning at passing an ordinance in support of the R.A. 9208 or the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003."

During the consultation, it was learned that only Bataan has the highest compliance in terms of instituting R.A. 9208 in the local government unit level while Bacolod City has already complied with the required ordinance and has advanced the cause on TIP under the leadership of Councilor Batapa.

The Anti-Trafficking Project2 consultation in Bacolod City aims to expand and strengthen local responses against TIP. (PIA-LOL) [top]

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