Anti-human trafficking song, music video tilt opens for amateurs

Oct. 06, 2017

Photo taken from IACAT XI Facebook page

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 11 office announced Thursday, October 5 the opening of the amateur songwriting and music video-making competition themed on human trafficking.

Alma D. Acera, focal of DSWD’s Recovery and Reintegration Program for Trafficked Persons, said the song and video must follow the minimum length of three minutes and maximum of four minutes running time.

Both students and amateur songwriters and music video makers in Davao region, ages 15 year-old and above could submit their entries until October 13.

Acera said entries must revolve around human trafficking issues as defined by Republic Act (RA) 9208, as amended by RA 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012.

Forms of trafficking in persons (TIP) include illegal recruitment, sexual exploitation, forced labor or involuntary servitude, removal or sale of organs, armed activities of children, cybersex and sex tours.

Apart from this, entries can also use several dialects such as Tagalog or Cebuano or a combination of Cebuano and Tagalog, or combination of Tagalog, Cebuano and English but with English subtitles.

Acera said elements of the entries must include “statistical information, dangers of human trafficking, how to report, how to prevent and eradicate, and how to be safe against human trafficking.”

Also, the IACAT XI hotline number and IACAT XI logo must be highlighted as reporting mechanism, Acera added.

More contest rules

· All parts of the song and video must be original, with nothing that is obtained from any ads, movies, soaps, video-sharing sites etc., and inserted as part of the song and video. It must be submitted in High Definition (HD) (720P and up) .mp4 playable format.

· The song must not contain any expletives (swear word, obscenity, profanity) or any badmouthing of any institution, group or individual. While the video must not contain anything that promotes violence, obscenity or rebellion.

· Professional editing by a third party is not allowed.

· Interested parties may submit entries to Ms. Alma D. Acera at DSWD Regional Office, R. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City. For contest details, parties may call 09172014111 or email:

· Entries must bear the following details: Entry Name and Title, Composer and Video Maker, Age, Address and Contact Details.

· All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and all entries shall automatically become the property of IACAT XI Network.

· IACAT XI Network agencies heads and focal persons and their relatives by affinity or consanguinity up to the fourth (4th) degree are not qualified to join. (

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