ILOILO CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of the province of Iloilo spearheaded an awareness raising campaign against human trafficking on Thursday, August 15.
Dubbed "2019 Blue Heart Day," the one-day activity aimed to encourage involvement and inspire actions to help end human trafficking.
Around 200 Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers and representatives of various organizations such as Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT), Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (KALIPI), Solo Parents and Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines from the different municipalities of the province were invited to the activity held at GT Town Center, Pavia.
One of the highlights of the campaign was the expression of commitments of participants written on a blue heart and posted on a tarpaulin.
The blue color symbolizes the sadness of those who have been trafficked, and the cold-heartedness of the people who buy and sell human beings.
Girl Governor, Pia Victoria Graza, on behalf of Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr., gave the inspirational message during the opening ceremonies.
The awareness campaign also consisted of talks on topics such as Protocol in Reporting Trafficking in Person (TIP) at the grassroots and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, an ally in fighting poverty to end TIP.
Invited resource persons were from the Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development and Startech International Limited.
To further bring to the fore the global problem, participants also engaged in games related to TIP.
The Association of Police Officers via Lateral Entry also distribute advocacy mugs during the event, which was also in partnership with the Iloilo Provincial Committee against Trafficking and Violence against Women and Children (PCAT-VAWC) and supported by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee against Trafficking, Child Pornography and Violence Against Women and Children (RACT-CP-VAWC) in Western Visayas.
Similar activities were held in the province of Aklan on July 26 and Bacolod City on August 2 in commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons which is observed every July 30. (JBG/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)