The Philippines retained the top spot in the 2016 edition of the Global Slavery Index (GSI), citing that the country is making strong efforts against human trafficking despite having relatively less resources than wealthier countries.
The GSI underscored the efforts of the Philippine Government, tagging it as a regional leader in dealing with issues on modern-day slavery. Overall, the Philippines is ranked as 1st in Asia, 3rd in Asia-Pacific, and 29th globally out of 167 states based on government responses, on the existence of necessary laws, victim support, and application of labor standards to vulnerable populations.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Philippine government, and civil society partners who took part in the 2nd Manila International Dialogue on Human Trafficking. The event highlighted the existing anti-trafficking efforts of the signatories of the “Manila Declaration To Enhance International Cooperation In Combating Human Trafficking,” adopted in June 03, 2015.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) welcomed the recent arrest of two (2) Filipinos allegedly responsible for recruiting other Filipinos abroad.
With the help of the authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Gie Viterbo Rodeo and Gil Feraer Rodeo, were taken into custody on February 28, 2016 for estafa and immigration violations. Authorities in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region, said they are also investigating the two for their alleged involvement in human trafficking activities.
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The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) hailed the efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in protecting the welfare of Filipinos overseas, particularly in the Middle East. The Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq was instrumental in the rescue of maltreated Filipinos in Kurdistan, believed to be victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
IACAT cited the efforts made by Elmer G. Cato, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy, with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) which resulted to the rescue of twelve (12) Filipinas.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) expressed its full support to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) after online articles emerged implying the act of its personnel seeking additional documents as a form of harassment against outbound passengers.