REGIONAL NEWS: DSWD enjoins public, community in campaign vs child trafficking

by Lito Dar

 (ONE LUZON E-News Magazine0

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Cordillera (DSWD-CAR) enjoined the public and the community in the country’s fight against child trafficking in line with the observance of Inter-national Anti-Child Traffick-ing Day last December 12.

According to DSWD-CAR Regional Director Leonardo Reynoso, the advocacy against child trafficking is one concern that national line government agencies are continuously intensifying not only here in the region but all over the country.

For Cordillera, Reynoso said that there is already an inter-agency committee that is handling the campaign and advocacy.

Reynoso bared that since January of this year, they have accounted 24 cases of child-trafficking in the region, including some victims not from the Cordillera but rescued here particularly minors that were rescued from night entertainment establishments.

He stressed that child trafficking is a crime that needs everyone’s participa-tion to be completely addressed. Thus, he called on the public and the community to report all trafficking cases or incident to DSWD, to their respective barangay or to police authorities. They can also call the action line number 1343 for Metro Manila or 02-1343 for those in the provinces.

The Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) with 43 nationwide chapters, in partnership with the later Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) spearheaded the observance of International Day Against Trafficking with the theme “Komyunidad Palakasin, Child Trafficking Sugpuin” (Empower communities to Combat Child Trafficking). PACT national coordinator Maria Salome Ujano in a statement, stressed that children are often at risk of being exploited and trafficked because of circumstances in the community.

According to Ujano trafficking lurks in family, in schools and in the community thus she called on parents to fill their homes with love and support their children’s needs especially education. If parents need to migrate for work, they must ensure that their children are under the care of trusted and responsible adult caregivers, she added.#