On November 25, 2020, the City Government of Borongan with the City Tourism Office and the City Social Welfare Office (CSWDO) in partnership with Terre des Hommes Samar Field Office launched the City Ordinance No. 175 Requiring Establishment Engaged in the Hotel Industry to Put Up A Poster or Notice Against Trafficking in the Philippines.
This ordinance was drafted and lobbied by TdH SFO last June 2020 to the City Tourism Office with the support of the CSWDO. In July, the City Tourism urged the passage of the ordinance to the City Council, and was enacted 19th August 2020.
In celebration of Children's Month and the kick-off of 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, TdH SFO and the City Government with the Provincial and City Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) launched the ordinance in the presence of hotel and restaurant owners and managers with an Operation Taod/Dikit activity or installation of Poster/Notice against human trafficking to all the Hotels, Lodging Houses, Pension Houses, Resorts including Restaurants in the City, declaring that their establishment Adopts Zero Tolerance to Human Trafficking, Child Exploitation and Violence Against Women.
The City Government extends its deep appreciation to TDH for its deep concern for the children and women of the City by pursuing the ordinance for the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation especially with the growing tourism industry in the City.