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Permanent Secretary of Labour Commences Friendly Football Match for Myanmar Nationals to Form Human Trafficking Surveillance Network

Date: 
Monday, 30 September 2019

          The Permanent Secretary of Labour commenced the opening match of the Western Union LPN Myanmar Cup 2019 to promote peaceful coexistence in Thai society at Mahachai Futsal Stadium, Mahachai, Samut Sakhon. The game was a campaign to encourage migrant workers to use their free time from work and turn their attention to sports and establish a network of surveillance, prevention, and suppression of human trafficking.

 

 

         On September 29, 2019, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol presided over the opening ceremony of the Western Union LPN Myanmar Cup 2019 football match. The initiative is to promote peaceful coexistence in Thai society, which took place at Mahachai Futsal Stadium, Mahachai, Muang, Samut Sakhon. Advisor to the Labour Minister Mr. Kankavee Tubsuwan and the Department of Employment’s Deputy Director-General Mrs. Theanrat Nawamawat joined the event. Director of the LPN foundation Mr. Somphong Sakaew and Western Union representative gave a welcoming speech and Vice President of the Foundation for the Labour Promotion Network Mr. Suraphong Kongchantuek also gave a speech. The topic was "migrant workers as important human capital of development and promoting peaceful coexistence in Thai society."
         The activity was organized to encourage migrant workers to become aware of activities that support sports promotion, and to share information about human trafficking prevention to help migrant workers' understanding about labour rights from relevant government agencies. The initiative is also to be a part in the prevention and suppression of human trafficking problems. It is also a network for surveillance, where a network of workers uses their free time from work to participate in sports activities. There were many workers together in the competition from many provinces in each region of Thailand. The tournament hosted a total of 48 teams with 750 footballers competing and a broad audience of the general public interested in watching. The friendly football game was a special match between the national police office team from the Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) and the LPN – DSI all-stars team. The first round of the competition is divided into 16 groups, each with three teams which will compete against each other. The winner of each group will advance to the second round. The 16 teams that advance to the round will compete in knock-outs until there is a winner. The winning team will receive 20,000 Baht and a trophy. The 1st runner-up will receive 12,000 Baht with a trophy, and the 2nd runner-up will receive 8,000 Baht and a trophy. Finally, the 3rd runner-up, will receive 5,000 Baht.
The event also had activity booths from 7 Western Union representatives, including Bangkok Bank. Krung Thai Bank, Krungsri Bank, Thanachart Bank, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC), Thai Post and Central Department Store. The booths sold products such as Ioderm, Leopard brand cough syrup, an exhibition by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), the Anti-Human Trafficking Division (AHTD) and the Samut Sakhon Office of Labour Protection and Welfare. Drinking water was supported by Thai Ruamsin Pattana Industrial Development Co., Ltd. and Tofusan; field doctors were supported by Mahachai Hospital 3. There were many gaming activities and giveaways for the Myanmar nationals who participated.
 

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Chaninthorn Phettab/
Photos by Chaloemphol Niamsakul/
29 September 2019