19 September 2013, Davao, The Philippines – MTV EXIT and FRANCO will host a free-admission concert at Matina Town Square in Davao on Saturday, 21 September, to help young people better understand human trafficking, and the role they can play to fight it in the Davao region.
“By providing young people with information and resources to help spread the word about human trafficking and exploitation, we are empowering them to make a real difference in their communities,” said Matt Love, Director, MTV EXIT.
Celebrated Philippine band FRANCO will headline the concert, in addition to local favourites Anne Mendoza, Lost Tribe, Lucas, Maan Chua, South Breed and Umbro.
Concertgoers will enjoy the music festival vibe by taking part in activity booths set up around the venue. They can film their own anti-human trafficking messages for social media, watch graffiti artists at work and speak with local human trafficking experts. Doors open at 17:30 on 21 September and admittance will be on a first-come-first-served basis, as space is limited.
The concert caps a two-week human trafficking awareness-raising effort in Davao, which saw MTV EXIT’s 25 newly selected youth ambassadors visit eight schools around the Davao region to educate more than 1,500 students on the issue of human trafficking and exploitation. The youth ambassadors are also hosting screenings of MTV EXIT human trafficking documentaries in downtown Davao this week.
FRANCO has a rich history with MTV EXIT, and most recently provided the soundtrack for a soon-to-be-released MTV EXIT music video to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Philippines. In August 2013, the band performed for over 10,000 people at MTV EXIT’s road show concert in Dumaguete.
The MTV EXIT campaign is produced in partnership with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The concert is produced with support from SMART Prepaid, DAKILA, National Youth Commission Davao and Davao Music Nation.
Davao is considered a recruiting ground for potential victims of human trafficking. This year, the Philippines Department of Justice and other government agencies stepped up their efforts to curb human trafficking in Davao.
Since 2007, MTV EXIT has held a number of human trafficking awareness-raising activities in the Philippines, including 18 documentary screenings, eight concerts and six youth engagement road shows, reaching over 180,000 Filipinos.
To report instances of human trafficking and exploitation in the Davao region, please call (082) 330-3058 or 0917-718-55-88. These hotlines are operated by the Department of Justice, in partnership with other regional Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking members in the Davao region.