By: LGOO V Jason Ryan R. Lam

PR2015-03January 16, 2015—To strengthen its fight against trafficking in persons, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC, Inc.) entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)–Region 13 for Cinemobile Project III covering the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran and Bayugan and the municipalities of Nasipit, Bunawan and Prosperidad in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur as pilot LGUs for the project. 

The partnership highlights capacity development of the Local Committee Against Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (LCAT-VAWC), and monitoring of its functionality to ensure protection of women and children against, and prevention of, human trafficking.

Cinemobile Project III is a continuation of the JPIC-IDCI’s project in partnership with Karl Kubel Stiftung fur Kind und Familie (KKS) of Germany.  The implementation period will be up to 45 months from year 2014 to 2017. The target groups of the project are the 4 out of 5 pillars of criminal justice specifically the law enforcement, prosecution, courts/judges and the community as represented by the local government councils, NGOs and people’s organizations which contribute to the prevention of trafficking in persons. In particular, the following target groups will compose of at least 15 prosecutors and 14 judges in Caraga Region, at least 30 social workers and 110 police officers directly handling children/women related cases from the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, 8 Local Committees Against Trafficking (LCAT) in 6 municipalities/cities and 2 targeted provinces, at least 75 trained multipliers/advocates from the academic, religious and media sectors who will reach out to at least 5,000 people (parents and children) in the targeted municipalities/cities and national and international organizations and networks.

Before the MOA Signing, there was an orientation on (LCAT-VAWC) for the provincial directors, city/municipal local government operations officers (C/MLGOOs) of the target LGUs and selected Regional Office personnel. Among others, the orientation included a discussion on the salient features of Anti-Trafficking Laws and other related laws as presented by Assistant City Prosecutor Isabel Corazon Plaza of Butuan City; presentation of JPIC-IDC, Inc. Cinemobile Project Milestone by Cinemobile Project Coordinator Reann C. Mantilla; presentation of National and Regional Situationer on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) that tackles its updates and interventions; and orientation on the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-1 (Creation of LCAT-VAWC) and the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9208 (Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003) by the Legal Officer of DILG-13, Atty. Allen M. Gasulas.

A message of commitment and support from DILG-13 Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, CESO IV followed the MOA signing. In her message, RD Famacion stressed that the DILG will commit to extend full support and assistance to JPIC-IDC’s Cinemobile Project and all its undertakings to combat anti-trafficking in Caraga Region based on the memorandum of agreement. “One of the best ways to stop trafficking is by empowering women”, RD Famacion said. “There is livelihood assistance for women through the Bottom-up Budgeting program of the government and there is a skills training program that has been offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) that helps to equip our women”, she added. Moreover, RD Famacion stated that the undertaking on LCAT-VAWC in Caraga Region is still young compared to other regions but still the means and ways to fight the menace of trafficking in persons must be the same.

In response, the head of the partner agency, JPIC-IDC, Inc. Executive Director, Rev. Fr. Anthony S. Salas gave his message of hope and gratitude to all the participants and to the management of DILG Caraga Region.

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