The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) is set to fortify the gains of the government against the elements of human trafficking as Malacanang signed Republic Act No. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 into law last February 06, 2013, amending Republic Act No. 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act.
Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, Chair of IACAT, said “the signing of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 will give the government a stronger weapon against human trafficking syndicates.”
By Assistant Secretary Lila Ramos Shahani
It begins with a painful, all-too-familiar story. The friend of a friend promises a young girl from an impoverished family a high-paying job abroad as a waitress. The amount being offered both astonishes and delights her, and she responds with a resounding yes. How can she not want to help her family, after all? Magically, the paper work is prepared in the blink of an eye.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently said it is further intensifying its campaign against human trafficking as it marked major gains in 2012.
According to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, IACAT chair, the task force’s optimism is buoyed by the growing support of private sector and international partners, as well as by gains in the prosecution of persons suspected of involvement in human trafficking operations.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police (PNP-CIDG) commemorated its long-standing partnership at the latter’s 60th Founding Anniversary on January 07, 2013 held at Camp Crame, Quezon City. The event was highlighted by the awarding of a plaque of recognition to one of the key officials of IACAT, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Raymond Jonathan B. Lledo who leads the National Inter-Agency Task Force Against Trafficking (NIATFAT).
Ladies and gentlemen.
The Philippines is honored to be able to stand in solidarity with the community of nations in the all-out war against human trafficking.
Like you, we are determined to defeat this enemy. We are aware that the enemy may seem formidable. It has vast financial, human and technological resources. But we believe that these are no match to the determination, courage and commitment of a people working together to bring this modern-day evil down on its knees.
- Launching of IACAT Programs delivered by Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar
- Inspirational Message of Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar at the 2nd Anti-trafficking Summit Region VII
- IACAT TO HONOR INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING
- CONGRESS RATIFIES AMENDMENTS TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAW