A stronger cooperation between the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will further enhance the capacity of the Philippines’ lead anti-trafficking body to fulfill its mandate.
The Dutch government, represented by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands and the IACAT will formalize an agreement, by way of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will establish a more thorough partnership in battling cross-border human trafficking. This effort will effectively enhance the cooperation, coordination and communication in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons cases.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) have blazed a new trail by joining forces to intensify the government’s public awareness campaign in fighting human trafficking in the country, through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that seeks to institutionalize the awareness, education and prevention campaigns of the government.
People of the Philippines vs. Shirley Casio G.R. No. 211465, under the ponencia of Justice Marvic M.V. Leonen. This is a human trafficking case decided on its merits, the most recent in Philippine jurisprudence since 2011. The first case decided by the Supreme Court on trafficking in persons was People of the Philippines vs. Lalli et al.
The Philippines garnered top spot in the 2014 edition of the Global Slavery Index, ranking it among countries “making comparatively strong efforts with limited resources” in the campaign against human trafficking.
The second edition of the index ranked the country number one in Asia, number three in Asia-Pacific and number 29 globally, out of 167 countries, in terms of government’s efforts and programs, especially on the response of the criminal justice system against human trafficking.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima has requested the heads of the different member agencies of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the government’s central body mandated to combat human trafficking, urging them to plan and implement an advocacy campaign to discourage Filipino migrant workers from travelling to Syria.
“We hope to undertake this by familiarizing Filipino migrant workers with the modus operandi of the traffickers and alerting of the imminent risks that they may face due to the political instability in the said destination country,” De Lima said
The Philippine Government expressed solidarity and has committed to an all-out campaign against sexual child abuse online, a global malady which is now considered as one of the biggest crimes in the world.
Upon the invitation of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström and US Attorney General Eric Holder, fifty-four (54) member states, represented by their respective Attorney Generals and Justice Secretaries, gathered in Washington, D.C. for the second Minister’s Conference of the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.