Agencies forge pact vs human trafficking

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Friday, May 2, 2014


CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) have joined hands to address the issue on human trafficking.

The three agencies recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement that will establish a facility that institutionalizes the response to the issues on exploitation and trafficking of women, the socio-emotional costs of feminized migration and institutionalize gender-responsive programs.

The agreement will facilitate the establishment of the Gender and Development (GAD) Office inside the Freeport.

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The facility will house a center victims of human trafficking, AMMA (Ama na Magaling Mag-Aruga sa Anak) Center for women-migrant workers as well as the husbands and children left behind and for other GAD-related training programs, and a childcare center for employees’ children.

The project is aimed to strengthen advocacy for the rights of migrant workers at the national and global level.

It also seeks the implementation of sustainable livelihood and skills training for women.

Aside from these, the agencies also conducts intensive psycho-social workshop on values, practical gender needs to help women and men transform themselves into self-actualizing and fully functioning individuals.

CIAC President Victor Jose I. Luciano lauded the unity and coordination of members of the BCDA Group for the project.

"These three corporations can unite in purpose to effect meaningful changes in people whose lives are directly affected by the decisions that we make," Luciano said.

BCDA President Casanova expressed his appreciation for this initiative, and shared how hard it was being a son of a mother who had to work overseas to help make ends meet.

"Through this project, we show our countrymen that we understand what families go through as they deal with the risks of working overseas. The partnership between BCDA, CIAC and CDC shows our firm commitment to institutionalize a gender-responsive culture in Central Luzon, through a facility that will serve our whole nation," he said.

Under the agreement, the BCDA, CDC and CIAC shall create a Technical Working Group (TWG) consisting of the GAD-Focal Point Chair and GAD-TWG Head of each agency to prepare the implementing rules and regulations necessary to ensure smooth and coordinated operations of the GAD Centrale.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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