DSWD seeks help to raise more awareness on human trafficking

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 31 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the lead agency in fighting against human trafficking spearheaded the commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in Zamboanga City on July 30, 2019.

 

Jamilla Arasid, head of Community Based Services under Protective Services Division of DSWD emphasized that they are committed to solve the problems on human trafficking as they encourage other agencies to join them to widen public awareness on the issue that has become a national concern.

 

The program and advocacy aims to promote and protect the human rights of every individual especially the vulnerable people. To achieve this, DSWD conducted media guesting as a way to reach more audience in spreading the information to stop human trafficking.

 

During the commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, partner agencies and participants committed to give their support on the awareness of human trafficking through a commitment signing.

 

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To highlight the culmination activity, DSWD held a motorcade followed by the presentation of the senior high school students from Don Pablo Memorial High School and Zamboanga City High School Main which participated in the Dance Drama Competition. The dance drama portrayed human trafficking scenarios on Rescue, Prosecution and Reintegration.

 

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) across nation deferred the departure of 24,753 passengers due to incomplete or missing travel documents or misinterpretation, referred   the investigation of 286 potential cases of suspected trafficking and arrested 9 suspected traffickers.

 

Furthermore, government agencies have programs to help the victims. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has Balik Pinay and Balik-Hanapbuhay program which will enable the women Overseas Filipino Workers returnees to start their livelihood for self-employment.

 

The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 provides an important mandate to the government and non-government agencies to implement rehabilitative and protective programs for trafficked persons. (ALT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

Source: PIA Feed