MANILA, Philippines - The Filipino community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was honored recently for playing a key role in the arrest of five suspected human traffickers in Abu Dhabi.
Online news site Khaleej Times reported Thursday that First Secretary and Consul Adelio Angelito Cruz confirmed the achievement.
Cruz also disclosed that the Filipino community helped report with the local police cases of sexual abuse of Filipino maids by their sponsors.
He said the Philippine embassy fully supports the "courageous act" by the Filipino community.
The Philippine embassy is closely communicating and cooperating with the Ministry of Interior and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he added.
Captain Mubarak Awad Bin Mehairoom, head of Community Policing Section, said the strong involvement of the Filipino community and that of other nationalities in Abu Dhabi is part of the community policing program launched this year.
He said community policing is a new style of policing which deals with the needs of the local community that focuses on crime prevention and building partnerships in the community.
An example of this is the ongoing meetings with the communities needing assistance from the police during which the community's concern for safety and other related issues are discussed, he said. - GMANews.TV