Fun walk vs human trafficking set on December 12 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:45

A few strides could break oppressive silence. The Zamboanga Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (ZSBATTF)  is conducting a 6-kilometer Fun Walk/ Run and Roll Activity on Wednesday, December 12.  The theme for this year’s event is “Breaking the Silence of Modern-day Slavery.” The event activity is composed of two events, the 6-kilometer Run and the 1.6-kilometer Walk.

The 6-kilometer Run will start and end at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex at Baliwasan with the take off time slated at 5:30 a.m. in the morning. Participants of the 1.6-kilometer Walk meanwhile, will convene at the Police Civil Aviation Security Group at Camins Avenue, with the take off time slated at 5:40 a.m. A short program will be held at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex after the completion of both events.

The registration fee of P100 will cover the participant’s running number and certificate. Interested persons may sign up to participate in the event at the following offices:  DOJ Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force Office at the Hall of Justice with Ms. Sherwina Romaro as the contact person; DSWD Field Office IX at Gen. Vicente Alvarez Street, with Socorro Rojas and Jamilla Arasid as contact persons; Philippine Center on Transnational Crime at Camp Batalla, with PCI Alex Lorenzo and SPO1 Moy medina as contact persons; Vizayan Forum Foundation, Incorporated  at Corcuerra Extension, with Jacky Repana as contact person; and Department of Labor and Employment IX at Veterans Avenue Extension, with Cyrus Tingcang and Anavic Cordova as contact persons.

Apart from promoting the significance of wellness, this event is organized to heighten public awareness about human trafficking.  The Philippines holds the Tier 2 ranking , on the Human Trafficking Watch List, and is one of the 58 countries monitored closely by the United States, being non-compliant with the minimum standards set by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), a US-enacted regulation in 2000. Earlier this year, the US State Department described the Philippines as a “source country and to a much lesser extent, a destination and transit country for men, women, and children who are subjected to trafficking, especially forced prostitution and labor.”

Previously at Tier 1, the Philippines dropped a notch in light of the worsened trafficking situation in 2008. As such, the ZSBATTF aims to implement a more significant and weightier anti-trafficking campaign and advocacy. Assistant City Prosecutor Atty. Darlene Pajarito, ZSBATTF Head, secured the Philippines’ first sex trafficking conviction in 2005 and the first labor trafficking conviction in 2011.

Participating in the ZSBAATF Fun Walk/ Run and Roll Activity 2012 aims  strengthen the advocacy and campaign against human trafficking, and each Zamboangeño must answer the call for safeguarding the City against this heinous crime.  — Karen Kay Rivero, PPA PIO-Designate