Beng reaffirms commitment to anti-human trafficking PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 December 2015 12:51

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco on Saturday reaffirmed her commitment to anti-human trafficking advocacies as she cited the city’s strong linkages with various agencies pursuing any and all efforts to stem the tide of human trafficking.

The mayor reiterated her commitment as Zamboanga City on Saturday, Dec. 12, joined the observance of International Anti-human Trafficking Day with fitting activities held at Paseo del Mar.

The activity kicked off with a motorcade and a zumba activity at Paseo del Mar followed by a short program highlighted by the awarding of winners in the various contests held in line with the celebration

The city government, according to Mayor Climaco, has established strong linkages with the Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force, the Anti-Trafficking Regional Task Force and the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. in pursuing any and all efforts to curb human trafficking.

Series of operations had been conducted that resulted in the rescue of trafficked persons, arrest, prosecution and eventually conviction of human traffickers, she said.

The mayor called on all sectors to continue to exhaust all efforts to succeed and score the biggest until one day there shall be no more trafficked child, no more trafficked men and no more trafficked women from Zamboanga and outlying provinces.

The observance of International Day against Trafficking in Persons last Saturday was spearheaded by the Zamboanga Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force-9 headed by Asst. City Prosecutor Edwinlino Custodio.

Themed “Wakasan ang Trafficking..Ito’y Ating Tungkulin”, the activity will kick off with a motorcade at 8am to be followed by a zumba event at 10am and the opening program at 10:30am. The activity will be highlighted by the awarding of winners to the poster-making and shootfest competitions.

Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde represented Mayor Climaco during the celebration. — Sheila Covarrubias