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.
Pursuant to the authority of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) under Section 21(b) of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 9208, otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003”, and in light of the provisions of R.A. No. 10364, otherwise known as “The Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012”, the following rules and regulations are hereby promulgated to implement R.A. No. 9208, as amended:
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima lauded various governments who convened for the "First International Dialogue on Human Trafficking" that led to the signing of the "Manila Declaration to Enhance International Cooperation in Combating Human Trafficking.
Secretary De Lima saluted the more than one hundred conference delegates from 19 different embassies in the Philippines, 11 non-government organizations (NGOs), and 15 government agencies “for refusing to look away and instead identifying more decisive steps to combat this global menace.”
A stronger cooperation between the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will further enhance the capacity of the Philippines’ lead anti-trafficking body to fulfill its mandate.
The Dutch government, represented by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands and the IACAT will formalize an agreement, by way of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will establish a more thorough partnership in battling cross-border human trafficking. This effort will effectively enhance the cooperation, coordination and communication in the investigation and prosecution of trafficking in persons cases.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) have blazed a new trail by joining forces to intensify the government’s public awareness campaign in fighting human trafficking in the country, through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that seeks to institutionalize the awareness, education and prevention campaigns of the government.