The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) welcomed the signing of the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons (ACTIP) as another milestone in fighting human trafficking. The agreement was signed by the ten (10) leaders of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which strengthened the commitment of the region in addressing modern-day slavery.
The Inter- Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) lauded the crucial role of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline that led to the successful rescue operation of two minors in Cubao, Quezon City last October 28, 2015.
IACAT Executive Director Darlene Pajarito hailed the successful rescue operation conducted by a composite team from IACAT. “This operation was exemplary in terms of collaboration among member-agencies of IACAT. We need to strengthen our commitment against child trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitations in the country,” Pajarito emphasized.
In partnership with the Philippine Consulate General, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) of the Philippines and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Bulacan Chapter conducted an anti-trafficking and legal seminar, and offered free legal services to the Filipino Community in Hong Kong on October 17-18, 2015.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) reaffirmed its stand against all forms of violence against women and children as it recently convened with high ranking officials of the Indonesian government. The Indonesian delegation was led by HE Yohana Susana Yembise, Minister of Women Empowerment.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has appointed an accomplished anti-human trafficking advocate as the first Executive Director of the IACAT Secretariat to run the day-to-day affairs of the government’s anti-human trafficking campaign.
Assistant City Prosecutor Darlene R. Pajarito, who served as a public prosecutor in Zamboanga City, was nominated and unanimously voted as Executive Director (ED) by the heads of IACAT member agencies and non-government organization (NGO) members in the recent council meeting led by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chairperson of IACAT.
The US State Department recognized once again the gains of the Philippines in the fight against human trafficking as it kept the country’s rating at Tier 2 in the Global Trafficking in Persons (GTIP) Report for the fifth straight year.
The Tier 2 status officially recognizes a country's major efforts to adhere to the benchmarks prescribed by the US State Department in meeting the minimum standards.
- REVISED RULES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT OF 2003”, AS AMENDED BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10364, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “THE EXPANDED ANTI-TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ACT OF 2012”
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