On March 4, 2019, Training on Handling Trafficking in Persons Cases and Victim Protection with Prosecutors, Law Enforcers and Social Workers was conducted at Philippine Gateway Hotel in Surigao City. The training was spearheaded by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creations – Integrated Development Center, (JPIC-IDC) Inc. in partnership with the Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) of the Department of Justice.

The activity was participated by fifty nine (59) delegates from different municipalities of Surigao del Norte. The training aimed to capacitate the duty bearers and service providers who are handling cases of trafficked persons.

According to the Deputy Executive Director of IACAT, Atty. Yvette Coronel, Surigao del Norte is one of the provinces with cases of human trafficking because of the booming tourism industry.

The Executive Director of JPIC-IDC, Inc, Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin was also present during the entire duration of the training to support the programs of the organization.

The Multi-disciplinary Training is one of the activities under the Cinemobile 4 project. For close to ten years, the JPIC-IDC, Inc has been actively working in Caraga addressing the problem of human trafficking with the support of Karl Kübel Stiftung (KKS) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ).

© John Vincent Dumadangon