DAVAO CITY, May 18 (PIA) – A Davao-based foundation advocating for the prevention of human trafficking obtained the support of actor Aljur Abrenica who staged a mini concert over the weekend to bring awareness especially among the youth on the so-called modern day slavery.
Abrenica, known as a GMA TV network artist, entertained mostly a
crowd of young Dabawenyos during the Freedom! Philippines Concert for a
Cause which Global Impact Philippines Foundation organized last
Saturday, May 15 at the Matina Town Square (MTS), Davao City.
“As an artist, I want to do my part. I want to help, especially the
women (to be prevented from being victimized by human trafficking),” the
actor stated during a press conference prior to the mini concert.
He said the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who was nearly executed in
Indonesia for allegedly smuggling an illegal drug, was a realization for
the showbiz personality to take action by taking part in the awareness
From the experience of Veloso who apparently was a victim of
trafficking, the actor has a message to the public, “Huwag masyadong
magtiwala, kahit sa mga kaibigan, karelasyon, kamag-anak o kapitbahay.
You must be aware of what’s happening around your family to prevent from
Abrenica said he also wanted to bring the advocacy in the
entertainment industry and to urge his fellow artists to become
Global Impact, headed by founding director Amy Muranko-Gahan, is a
member of the advocacy group of the Inter-Agency Council Against
Trafficking Region XI Network (IACAT-XI Network).
Its Freedom! Philippines campaign in Davao City started in 2014,
aiming to eradicate child trafficking and human trafficking through
implementing community-based awareness activities including documentary
film showing, drama and dance presentations, and youth children’s
At the recent 2015 Palarong Pambansa held at the Davao del Norte
Sports Complex in Tagum City, Global Impact brought singer Christian
Bautista who performed during the advocacy night against trafficking at
the Tourism Village.
The foundation is actively partnering with IACAT-XI Network for the
latter’s intensified awareness and education drive in the barangays
especially in high risk communities where most of the vulnerable
sectors, the women and children, are being deceived by traffickers.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, human
trafficking or trafficking in persons is an “act of recruiting,
transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through the
use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting
Types of trafficking include forced prostitution and sexual
exploitation, forced domestic servitude, mistreated labor workers,
forced to be a beggar or thief, forced to sell drugs or drug running and
Global Impact and IACAT-XI network urged the public to report any
trafficking incident through the network’s hotline numbers 0917-7185588
or (082) 330-3058, or through the Freedom! Philippines app through
Google Play or Itunes. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)