[Event] Freedom Bike Ride calls on ASEAN Experts Working Group meeting here in the Philippines to come up with a Regional Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking-Dakila

Freedom Bike Ride calls on ASEAN Experts Working Group meeting here in the Philippines to come up with a Regional Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking


dakilaAs the Philippines plays host to the third ASEAN Experts Working Group against human trafficking, Dakila, an artist collective organizing the Freedom Rides for a Human Trafficking Free Philippines, urges the ASEAN Experts Working Group to come up with a regional comprehensive approach to fight trafficking.

Ayeen Karunungan, spokesperson of the group Dakila, explained, “While we recognize that our government partners in this campaign – the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) under the leadership of Secretary Leila de Lima and Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., have been pushing for stronger measures and initiating programs to help solve the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines, there is still a need for a more comprehensive action plan to address this regional problem.”

“We hope that the ASEAN Experts Working Group meeting here in the Philippines will come up with a more integrated, cohesive and structured mechanisms to report and monitor human trafficking in Southeast Asia.”

Dakila launched its Stop Look Listen Campaign with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT), the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), cycling groups like Manila Fixed Gear, Bikers 101, NOBA and iFOLD, and several NGOs to help curb human trafficking in the country. The Freedom Rides being held across the country gathers cyclists and advocates as Freedom Warriors promoting the 1343 Action Hotline on human trafficking.

The campaign kicked off last March 9 in Metro Manila with 1,000 cyclists including His Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Josef Rychtar of the Czech Embassy, and H.E. Guy Ledoux of the European Union, participating in the Freedom Ride. Another Freedom Ride held in Iloilo last April 20 mobilized 500 participants – the biggest and broadest bike tour ever in Panay island.

Musician, advocate and cycling enthusiast who leads Dakila’s campaign said, “The success of the past Freedom Rides only shows that human trafficking is an important concern to the Filipino public as more and more people are expressing their support to combatting human trafficking. Dakila hopes to inspire public vigilance on human trafficking and engage more people to be Freedom Warriors.”

“By imploring the help of the country’s growing cycling community, we want to put the message across that everyone can contribute to help stop human trafficking. The promotion of the 1343 action hotline is one of the ways we can empower the public to be vigilant in looking out for the signs and to know what to do when they are being trafficked or knows someone who is being victimized by human trafficking.”

A Freedom Ride was also held in Zamboanga last April 27,at the Plaza del Pilar. A storytelling session was held simultaneously with the ride where in members of Zamboanga based Project Banig told stories of human trafficking to fellow Zamboangenos to educate them on the campaign. Atty. Darlene Pajarito of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas joined the program.

The Freedom Ride is organized by the artist collective, Dakila, a group creatively inspiring involvement in social transformation, in partnership with Project Banig Zamboanga, Bikers 101, Demolay, and The City of Zamboanga, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC).

For more info, contact Ayeen Karunungan at 09175057055 or email mabuhay@dakila.org.ph.

PRESS RELEASE
Dakila
26 April 2013

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