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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

Capiz steps up effort vs. human trafficking

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (9 July) -- The province of Capiz has been stepping up its effort to prevent the trafficking of persons here.

Provincial Prosecutor Rodolfo Beluso, Vice Chairperson and Action Officer of the Provincial Inter-Agency Committee Against Trafficking (PIACAT) of Capiz disclosed that all efforts need to be done to prevent human tracking.

Beluso said that human trafficking is one of the luxurious but outlawed businesses nowadays by some individuals and syndicates that need to be stopped.

Through the Provincial Council for the Welfare of Children and Women (PCWCW) in the province here, the PIACAT had been conducting series of advocacy activities in the municipalities here.

The focus of the advocacy is the conduct of lecture on the various laws and issuances on women and children, particularly Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act), RA 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, and RA 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children's Act.

The participants of the series of one-day trainings in Maayon and Mabusao towns are members of the Municipal Council for the Protection of Children and barangay captains especially newly elected ones.

Beluso said that after the conduct of said orientation, the PIACAT is set to organize and strengthen the various Municipal and Barangay Inter-Agency Committees Against Trafficking.

He said that trafficking in persons usually happens because of the victim's ignorance of the law aside from the pressing poverty problem.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno earlier stressed that poverty alleviation programs will get a big boost should more access to justice be provided to the country's poorest citizens.

Puno said there are strong links between establishing democracy, reducing poverty and improving access to justice.

"Access to justice is also closely linked to poverty reduction, since poverty means deprivation of choices, denial of opportunities, and lack of voice in decision making," he noted.

Puno added there must be continuous efforts, especially on the part of the able, to provide the poor access to justice. (PIA) [top]

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