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PIA Press Release
2006/11/22

Capiz anti-human trafficking drive takes off

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (22 November) -- Regional officials from the various government agencies put more effort to strengthen alliances at the provincial level.

Assistant Regional State Prosecutor Virgilio Garcia, who chairs the Regional Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (RIACAT) of Western Visayas, said that their committee aims not only to provide information to protect individuals from trafficking but also to establish more linkages.

Garcia stressed during the orientation of members of the Capiz Provincial Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (PIACAT) that in order for the public to protect any person from being victimized by trafficking, the public must be aware of Republic Act 9208, otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2006.

He added that on the part of the local IACAT, members thereof must have adequate knowledge of the measures to be undertaken in cases of trafficking.

According to Garcia, Capiz is the first province in Region VI to become a recipient of a one-day orientation workshop in line with the campaign against trafficking in persons.

He stressed that the implementation of RA 9208 will improve the economic condition of the province of Capiz and of Western Visayas, and the country in general.

The intensified campaign against trafficking in persons in the country, after the Congress has approved said law, shall have a positive effect before international bodies that provided financial international institutions to the country, he said.

The hidden and unspoken evil of trafficking has victimized approximately a million individuals and the source of these persons is the Philippines, Garcia disclosed.

Garcia was here in Capiz together with RIACAT members, namely Director David Bermudo of the Commission on Human Rights and Director Liza Jane Estalilla of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Earlier, the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children and Women (PCWCW) here, with Governor Vicente Bermejo as chairperson and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Esteban Evan Contreras II as vice chairperson and action officer, has organized the Capiz PIACAT.

Contreras disclosed that the PIACAT aims to organize the same committees at the municipal levels in order to establish a strong linkage down to the community level.

He explained that through these organizations at the grassroots, more people will be aware of said law as well as the measures to prevent the trafficking in persons. (PIA) [top]

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