The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, in partnership with the city government of Davao, Habitat for Humanity, Philippine Women’s College and Davies Paints, headed a community mural painting at the outside walls of Southern Philippines Medical Center-Institute of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine on Friday.
In an interview with Edge Davao, Asst. Regional Prosecutor Atty. Karl Salcedo said the event is the city’s initiative to commemorate the International Day Against Child Trafficking on December 12, 2016.
“This activity was conceptualized with the purpose of involving our community, to increase awareness against human trafficking and violence against women and children,” Salcedo explained.
Salcedo added that the event would not have been made possible without their partners who sponsored manpower and materials.
The assistant prosecutor added that the painting materials were sponsored by Davies Paints and Habitat for Humanity while PWC provided student artists who made the sketches or the blueprint for the murals.
“Tapos yung community ngayon yung mag-fill sa colors (then the community will be the one to fill the colors),” said Salcedo.
He explained that they have decided to paint positive images around the theme of child development to show the effects of a trafficking-free community.
The mural will be unveiled on December 12 during the program to commemorate the International Day Against Child Trafficking.
On the region’s anti-trafficking bout, Atty. Salcedo said that recently, through IACAT’s intensified campaign, three have already been convicted while 45 more cases are in the court.
The anti-trafficking campaign is conducted yearly in commemoration of the signing of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, also known as the Palermo Protocol.