Filipino Youth Leaders Undergo Training on Trafficking

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Forty select participants around the Philippines attended the first ever three-day training against youth and child trafficking held from August 14-16, 2015, at Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay, Philippines.

The training entitled “The Game Changers: A Youth Training Against Human Trafficking” aimed to equip select Filipino youth leaders with knowledge on human trafficking laws related to the youth and children, and provide them an opportunity to discuss different human trafficking issues and formulate an advocacy plan for their communities.

The training consisted of various lectures and discussions led by experts on the field. Aside from an overview of trafficking, the “player” were also presented with various ways that are being done by both the government and civil society in order to create an impact in solving the issue of trafficking in the Philippines.

“The Game Changers served as our “fuel” to be the vehicles who will bring the messages of awareness, hope, and action for the victims of human trafficking. We now have the obligation to pass along the knowledge we gained and be committed in battling this issue,” shared John Carlo Manabat, player from Luzon.

As a culmination, the participants, separated into their “island groups,” Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and the National Capital Region, created their own advocacy plans to spread awareness of and encourage proactive participation against human trafficking in the country.

The advocacy plans were critiqued by four representatives, two each, from WYA and CFO. Both WYAAP and CFO will work closely with the participants in order to make sure that their advocacy plans come to fruition, and are looking forward to changing the game of human trafficking in the Philippines.

WYA Asia Pacific co-organized The Game Changers training in partnership with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking.