SolCen trains anti-trafficking advocates on database in Surigao Norte

Twenty-five participants from different government agencies and non-government groups in Surigao del Norte involved in anti-trafficking campaigns completed the re-training on Monitoring System, Information Technology and Data Information System in Surigao City last August 5, 2008.

The training which was held in Surigao Education Center Internet laboratory highlighted the completion of the successful run of the Philippine Information System on Trafficking (PHIL-IST) done by Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and National Police Commission (Napolcom) with the assistance of the American Solidarity Center (SolCen).

SolCen Project Counselor Gillian Katrina Dupa facilitated the training assisted by Fryan Abkilan of the Philippine Information Agency in Surigao del Norte.

Board Member Regina Alaan, chairperson of the Caraga/Surigao del Norte Coalition on Anti-Trafficking, on the other hand expressed elation to SolCen for sharing their expertise and giving Surigao del Norte advocates a chance to update their skills particularly on prosecution and data-banking of TIP cases and incidents.

The system will be installed initially in the Philippine Ports Authority-Port Police Office, PNP stations in Surigao City and Norte.

Other different anti-trafficking agencies, LGUs, NGOs and groups were also encouraged by Board Member Alaan to adopt the PHIL-IST on their own.

The database development was a DILG activity delegated to Napolcom dating from the first Solidarity Center-assisted Anti-Trafficking Project. CFO, mandated by Executive Order 548-A collaborated with Napolcom to improve the system and add a module on monitoring trafficking incidents and cases. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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