Butuan City– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga culminates the 18-day campaign to end Violence Against Women (VAW) and opens the International Day Celebrating Against Trafficking in Persons (IDAT).

The Region wide activity was started last November 25, 2014 and is expected to end tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, 2014. With the involvement of the Regional Inter-agency Against Trafficking in Persons-Violence Against Women and their Children, and the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee; the council headed by the DSWD had conducted series of events to provide supports from partners, provide importance to the victims of trafficking and their parents by involving them to various activities, to gain support from the public against trafficking cases and to minimize the number of trafficking cases.

“There is a continues need to intensify the provision or the salient features of the human trafficking law and other laws related to sexual exploitation to help every people in the community understand their roles and responsibilities to attack the problem and suppress the increasing number of possible victims in the future,” DSWD Caraga Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli, CESO III said.

To amplify the said campaign, the DSWD spearheads the culminating activity; the conduct of flash mobs to four identified conspicuous places in the city. At 9:00 AM of December 11, the flash mob will be held at Butuan City Hall; 10:00 AM at Butuan City Airport; 5:00 PM at the Guingona Park, and in Robinson’s Place at 6 in the afternoon.

“Through these activities, we encourage more supporters to end violence against women and children, and we can deliver the message to encourage other agencies and the public of their efforts to end trafficking cases” Brigoli added.

Now, DSWD Caraga and partner agencies are busy conducting series of advocacy activities to combat trafficking and sexual exploitation cases in the Region (###DSWDFOCaraga###).