Pampanga’s campaign vs trafficking gets boost
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Provincial Government of Pampanga signed on Wednesday, December 6, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with concerned national government agencies to strengthen and expand the law enforcement, cooperation and coordination in the fight against illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
Through the MOA, Task Force AIR-TIP (Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons) was created which is composed of the Provincial Government, the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Bureau of Immigration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Clark International Airport Corporation, among others. Task Force AIR-TIP will be tasked to monitor and put an end to illegal recruitment and human trafficking which have been victimizing individuals who seek better opportunities overseas. Governor Lilia Pineda said dozens of Kapampangans leave the country every day and a significant percentage of it fall victims to illegal recruitment due to lack of awareness and proper education on their rights as overseas workers. “Gusto kong sugpuin ang mga pagmamaltrato, ang illegal recruitment at human trafficking na nangyayari hindi lang sa Kapampangan, kundi sa mga Filipino na gusto lang maghanap-buhay at makatulong sa kanilang mga pamilya dito sa Pilipinas. Nagsasakripisyo na nga sila sa ibang bansa tapos kung minsan naloloko pa, o kaya namamaltrato, ayaw ko ng ganun,” she said.
Under the Task Force AIR-TIP, the concerned government agencies will be conducting information drive to educate Kapampangans of the labor laws and their rights as citizens. Every municipality and city in the province must also create and maintain a database presenting a masterlist of all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in their community classified according to job category, country or state of destination, as well as visa and passport number and contact number of employer which can be generated to monitor the conditions of migrant workers. The Task Force also mandates all local governments to establish a help desk manned by representatives of member-agencies that will provide all kinds of assistance to outgoing and returning migrant workers. “Sa pamamagitan ng Task Force na ito, inaaasahan natin na ma-address ang lahat ng problema pang-OFW at makapagextend pa tayo ng kaunting tulong para sa kanila at sa kanilang pamilya dahil isa sila sa mga tinuturing natin na makabagong bayani,” the governor said.