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.
Led by Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas, Chairperson of IACAT, the Dialogue introduced the general recommendations and actions points in the areas of trafficking of domestic workers and tourist workers, seafarers, and online child exploitation. These are the output of the caucuses conducted by several technical working groups focusing on the said topics.
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) wishes to extend its appreciation of the efforts of the technical working groups consisting of representatives from key government and non-government institutions from the Philippines and others States to reassess the effectivity and efficiency of the activities and programs to combat trafficking in persons. Evidently, the convergence of efforts among stakeholders led to the identification of areas for positive action,” Caparas said.
“Participation in this kind of activities reflects the dedication and commitment of each partner State, organization and individual towards eradicating trafficking in persons. Due to the international nature of trafficking in persons, it is imperative to create partnerships and strengthen cooperation between States,” he added.
Darlene Pajarito, Executive Director of IACAT, expressed her optimism on how the event will influence the national and international strategies in dealing with the transnational crime of trafficking in persons. “The recommendations mentioned in this Dialogue places all the participants in the same page, serving as a reminder of the urgency of the problem and how important we need to address it,” Pajarito said.
Pajarito also emphasized the importance of the existing partnerships created by the Dialogue, citing the support of the international community in creating means to unify efforts in dealing with trafficking and all forms of abuse.
The event was attended by over 120 delegates from different embassies in the Philippines, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), CSOs, youth, media and other private sectors.
“Recognizing the crucial role that each actor plays in this endeavor, I implore everyone to ensure that the outputs of the discussions will be translated into concrete and sustainable actions”. Caparas said.