Freedom Ride takes off in the Philippines
March 8, 2013
On Mar. 9 at 7:30 a.m., the Freedom Ride set the human rights campaign "Stop, Look, and Listen" into action. The campaign aims to raise awareness and combat human trafficking. The artist group Dakila - Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism organized the ride and campaign in collaboration with Manila Fixed Fear and We FXD. The Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also support the new campaign.
This international effort of cyclists was joined by members of the diplomatic communities representing eight countries. High ranking officials from corporations such as Control Union Philippines and Seatrade also participated.
The cyclists assembled at the Venice Piazza Fountain area at McKinley Hill in Taguig city. The ride was open to the public, but helmets were required. Cyclists also wore shirts with an anti-trafficking hotline number printed on them. This number was seen throughout the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati.