Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, November 6, 2014. The Regional Ports Management Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPMA-ARMM)conducted a Seminar on Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Law (Republic Act 10364) and Gender Sensitivity Orientation among port officials and employees, representatives of local agencies, law enforcement units (AFP/PNP), other provincial units, business and ‘Dawah’ sectors at Beachside Inn in this municipality.
General Manager, Hanie A. Bud said, ‘The relevance of this seminar is very timely because the issue on human trafficking in the BASULTA Provinces (Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi) is very rampant and increasing. Further, this is also to express the role and commitment of the Authority to contribute in combating trafficking in persons in the region.’
It is the objectiveof the seminar to strengthen the strategy and mechanism of the Authority to involve and participate in combating human trafficking while promoting gender and development initiatives by way of identifying TIP and GAD Focal Persons in every Port Management Office (PMO) and Terminal Management Office (TMO). GM Hanie Bud emphasized that ‘there is a need to have Gender and Development touch in sustaining professionalized port services and programs’.
The Authority tapped the expertise of the Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) to tackle on the Gender and Development (GAD) Code, and the Regional Planning and Development Office (RPDO) on the Expanded Anti-Human Trafficking Law (RA 10364), and other members of the Municipal Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (MIACAT) of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, including related local agencies with programs and services against trafficking in persons (TIP): Maritime Command, PNP, Marine Battalion and Special Action Forces of the Marine Battalion, Department of Justice, Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD), Philippine Coast, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, all of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Islamic Dawah (religious group) and academe (MSU-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography).