To better understand the nature of human trafficking and the laws that govern it, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Beneficiaries in NCR join the virtual discussion on anti-human trafficking in response to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in July 2022.
With the theme, “Let Your Life Speak: Be the Voice, Leading the way.” The activity aims to educate and advocate for young people about the necessity of understanding the nature of human trafficking and the laws of the Philippines that are in place to eliminate and suppress human trafficking activities in the country.
It was attended by 183 people from 4Ps NCR Staff and beneficiaries from various cities in Metro Manila, including Manila City, Caloocan City, and Taguig City.
Called Rescue PH (CPR) Inc. resource persons emphasized the need of knowing about human trafficking activities and the benefits of having knowledge of it is beneficial for community development, and child and women empowerment.
Meanwhile, the activity was hosted by Aya Fernandez, who energetically introduces her views and opinions about these immoral actions. She emphasized that all types of human trafficking must be eradicated because these activities will ruin the young people in their hopes and dreams in life .
Atty. James Ryan Villena, the resource person, covered the topic “Being the Voice: Situation of Trafficking and Abuse in the Philippines,” which situated different scenarios of human trafficking and the consideration of illegal actions that will occur and are inadmissible by the law in the Country.
Moreover, Atty. Richie Pilares discussed RA 11648 or raising the statutory rape age to 16 years old. She stressed that having sexual activity with anyone under the age of 16, with or without consent, will be deemed rape and will be punishable under the law.
Another resource person, Dr. Cyndi Romine of the United States of America, discusses “Leading The Way: Practical Tips and Stories of Hope.” She stressed that human trafficking is a national and worldwide issue that can be stopped and resolved by speaking up since people’s voices are more powerful than anyone else’s.
Furthermore, the cast of “He’s into Her,” which includes Gello Marquez, Vivoree Esclito, Donny Pangilinan, and Criza Taa, presented pieces of advice on life-related circumstances in which personal experiences, family members, and genuine friends are essential in living the life to eliminate Human trafficking in the society. They also encourage everyone to report situations involving these unethical behaviors, which may endanger the lives of all victims. Stop blaming the victim and take action for the welfare of all.
The activity was capped by the inspirational message of the Called Rescue PH Inc. President Mr. Anthony Pangilinan gave his gratitude and appreciation to the supporters of the organization who helped young children and women who were in the situation of Human trafficking.
“Ika nga, it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to rescue one child. Ang Kalayaan ay ipinaglalaban. One day at a time, so whether you are currently in prison or you have been set free, we have to fight, for our freedom daily. Thank you very much for joining us.” – Said Mr. Pangilinan.
The Republic Act of 9208, also known as the Anti-trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, institutes policies to eliminate trafficking in persons, particularly women and children, by establishing the necessary institutional mechanisms for the protection and support of trafficked persons, providing penalties for violations, and for other purposes.##