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  • Tambayan Center for Children's Rights, Inc.

     

    PROJECT TITLE

    Countering Trafficking-in-Persons by Sharing Information, Advocacy, Training, Education, and Responsive Local Governance (COUNTER/TIPSTER)
     
    GOAL
    To reduce incidence of trafficking by strengthening local mechanisms, providing assistance services for victim-survivors, and facilitating prosecution of traffickers
     
    LOCATION
    Davao del Sur and Sarangani
     
    BENEFICIARIES
    330 LGU officials and personnel, 145 NGA officials and personnel, 45 Public Schools, 800 Children, 500 Women, 350 Families, 20 Companies/Businesses, 50 CSOs/People’s Organizations, and 50 Media Practitioners
     
    DURATION
    2 years
     

    BACKGROUND
    The cities of Davao, Digos and General Santos are among the thriving economic centers in Mindanao and are known to receive domestic migrants and tourists. These cities are also likely destinations of displaced persons from conflict-affected areas in Central Mindanao. In 2014, 39 percent of human trafficking cases reported in the Philippines occurred in Region 11 which includes Davao and Digos cities. Neighboring General Santos City in Sarangani province reported 29 cases of trafficking-in-persons in the same year. The air, sea and land transport hubs in the said areas are strategic entry and exit points for trafficked persons.

    ACTIVITIES
    USAID, through the Philippine-American Fund, supports Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights, Inc. (TAMBAYAN) in increasing awareness of target communities to become more vigilant in reporting trafficking cases and protect victims/survivors in the three target cities. USAID also assists TAMBAYAN in strengthening their partnership with local law enforcement authorities to prosecute trafficking offenders.

    TAMBAYAN works with local government offices, civil society organizations and business groups in raising awareness on
    trafficking and support systems for trafficked people. They are developing infomercials to build awareness and vigilance in air, sea and land transportation terminals in the cities of Davao, Digos and General Santos.

    UPDATES AS OF MARCH 2017
    In February 2017, 44 male victims of labor trafficking were referred to TAMBAYAN for the preparation of cases. These victims are part of 240 individuals from Malapatan, Sarangani who were transported to Ilocos Norte to work as sugarcane harvesters under deplorable circumstances. Upon their return, 22 victims were given psychological first aid and stress debriefing by TAMBAYAN. The remaining victims will be assisted in the next quarter. This brings the total number of victims assisted by TAMBAYAN to 53.

    TAMBAYAN also worked with barangay officials and barangay anti-trafficking councils for the drafting of manuals for managing cases of trafficking in the cities of Digos, General Santos and Davao. A directory of service providers for victims of trafficking and a unified referral form were developed. Case management procedures will be reviewed in the next quarter.

    TAMBAYAN’s community outreach activities reached more than 6,893 people (79 percent female). Around 3,100 individuals witnessed roadshows implemented by the project while more than 3,500 individuals were reached through various orientation sessions conducted by TAMBAYAN for local government units and schools in the target areas.

    They also partnered with local radio and television station in implementing an awareness campaign in Southern Mindanao, a known source of migrants traveling to the three target cities. The two programs have an estimated audience reach of 130,000 people.