JPIC-IDC, Inc. conducted a Three-Day Theatre Arts Workshop for the 41 selected school-based Anti-Trafficking in Persons (ATIP) advocates on August 24-26, 2019. There were 24 students, 12 teachers and 5 Program Development Officers from the tri-Divisions of Surigao City, Siargao and Surigao del Norte. The participating schools were from selected secondary public high schools namely Caraga Regional Science High School, Mat-i National High School, Taft National High School, Surigao City National High School, Surigao Norte National High School, Claver National High School, Taganito National High School, Dapa National High School, Del Carmen National High School, General Luna National High School, Sta. Fe National High School and Socorro National High School.

Theatre is a methodology/approach to capture the audience’s interest and at the same time educate them on the issue of the various forms of sexual abuses and exploitation especially on women and children in our society. Through theatre, the audience can easily comprehend since the messages are explicitly illustrated through actions, voice projection and other forms of visual effects that are relatable and aspiring to encourage its audience to take part in the call to action to end trafficking in persons especially for sexual purposes. JPIC-IDC, Inc. through its KKS-Cinemobile 4 Project believes that theatre will entertain, educate and empower its audience.

As a result of this activity, participants learned the basics of theatre in the context of promoting the advocacy to their respective locality; improved skills and talent in performing arts; encouraged to take part in the advocacy through either re-echo learning to their respective schools and or their family members. And the teacher representatives will lobby to their respective schools the formation of a formal club/association of school-based ATIP advocates

© Flo Galeos – Advocacy Officer, Cinemobile 4