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The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) joined force to combat the menace of human trafficking in the country as they signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which will make KBP a partner in the broadcast industry to help in the awareness and education campaign of the government against this crime against humanity.

 

Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, chairperson of IACAT, and Herman Z. Basbano, Chairman of the KBP board of directors led the MOA signing during a thanksgiving lunch held at the Hyatt Hotel in Manila yesterday. De Lima stated in her message that in “battling human trafficking, it is precisely what our people don’t know which hurt them and hurt them bad.”

This agreement between IACAT and KBP in line with Section 21 (e) of RA 9208, otherwise known as “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003” which mandates IACAT to conduct of massive information dissemination and campaign on the existence of the law and the various issues and problems attendant to trafficking through the LGUs, concerned agencies, and NGOs. “When it comes to this evil …the battle we fight is not just against crimes and criminals. We are fighting a war against ignorance,” she added.

The IACAT and KBP held an Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conference for Media Practitioners last month where the KBP made a public declaration to hold a united stand against trafficking in persons pursuant to R.A. 9028 or “Anti-Human Trafficking Act of 2003.” KBP issued Circular No. 012-022, intended to support IACAT in promoting its project entitled “Call Action Line 1343 Anti-Human Trafficking.”

Present in the MOA signing were members of the Board of Directors of KBP and representatives from the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Commission of Filipinos Overseas, and the Department of Interior and Local Government. Also present were the Executive Officers (EOs) of the newly re-organized IACAT Secretariat.

Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar, in charge of the daily operations of IACAT said “our battle against human trafficking is nothing less than demanding and the help of an esteemed organization like the KBP assures that we shall prevail at day’s end.”