Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the staging of the first Anti-Human Trafficking Summit scheduled on July 7 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) session hall here.
Duterte said the summit aims to make Davao City and the entire Davao Region relevant in fighting the growing threat of human trafficking by establishing foundations and mechanisms, and drawing the needed commitment from stakeholders in combating and the eventual elimination of trafficking in persons, especially of women and children.
He said the summit will also become a vehicle that would eventually showcase the concerted and united effort by a multi-sectoral alliance of determined enforcers spearheaded by the local government and supported by the academe, religious sector, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous Peoples, private counterparts and citizens in general.
“This caucus will enable Davao City to achieve a stronger hand that will curb and eliminate cases of human trafficking,” the vice mayor said.
Recently, US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr. was in the city urged the judges and prosecutors from all over the country in a seminar-workshop on Combating Human Trafficking in the Philippines, and every Filipino to help in addressing the problem on human trafficking which he said is a global challenge.