Abra ramps up fight vs child labor, human trafficking

CHILD Rights advocates have launched a campaign against child labor and human trafficking in Abra.

The Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) has teamed up with the Terre des Hommes Netherlands to spread awareness on the two intertwined social issues in the province.

Last month, the first anti-child labor and human trafficking forum was held at the Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology–Bangued Campus. 

It was attended by the college and high school faculty, staff and students and child rights advocates in the province.

Christopher Tugadi of the Department of Labor and Employment and Myrna Ruth L. Borgonia, Bangued Municipal Social Welfare Officer spoke at the forum.

u201cI do not want to see children being abused nor see people being enslaved simply because of either their ignorance or being taken advantage of, hence my all-out support to the programs of the PACT”, said Ruby Bersamin, wife of Governor Estaquio Bersamin and honorary chair of the Provincial Federation of the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) in Abra.

Kalipi is about to launch activities in observance of the 12-day End Violence Against Women and Children in November, which will culminate in the International Day Against Child Labor and Human Trafficking. (Maria Teresa Benas)

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