SUBIC BAY FREEPORT: A public-private partnership saying they are supporting the Duterte administration’s crackdown on smuggling and counterfeit good, launched recently the Fight Illicit Trade (Fight IT) Movement here.
Dubbed as “Fight IT Warriors,” the grassroots volunteers have committed to report sightings of fake or smuggled goods as well as suspected illicit trade practices in their communities to help authorities apprehend and prosecute illegal traders.
The movement brings together members of local government units (LGUs), law enforcement agencies, business
chambers, educational institutions, civic organizations and other cause-oriented groups to commit to the campaign against illicit trade.
The volunteers also committed to raise awareness on the growing emergence of illegal commerce in the country; inform, educate and protect consumers from the negative effects of cheap but fake products; and assist the government in curtailing any and all forms of smuggling.
Through the Fight IT Warriors network, the movement will be able to provide reliable intelligence to law enforcement groups that will help them in tackling the illicit trade problem.
The volunteers program was organized by the Federation of Philippine Industries through the Fight IT Movement to fortify its anti-illicit trade advocacy.
The movement, in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, collaborated and elicited the support of the Subic community to establish the first network of Fight IT Warriors in the country through a commitment pledge against illicit trade.
The first in a series of roll-outs, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, has been chosen by Fight IT lead convenor and FPI Chairman Jesus Arranza for its strategic location as regional transshipment hub with an active port that handles tons of shipments daily.
According to Arranza, Subic Bay Freeport Zone is key to the Warriors pilot launch considering the fact that the community has a strong sense of volunteerism and civic spirit supporting the administration in its programs especially in the enforcement of laws and regulations.