• CSO Summit Iloilo 2014
  • Partnering with the youth sector
  • IACAT Media Training in Tacloban
  • #malaya in cooperation with the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines and the Embassy of the Netherlands
  • i-PAC
  • Kasama mo ako sa laban
  • the law
  • IACAT Training of Prosecutors, Laoag City

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the lead anti-human trafficking body of the Philippines, cited the second leg of the Freedom Ride Project held in Iloilo last Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Some four hundred (400) cyclists convened at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol Building and took part in the 25 kilometer fun ride. According to DAKILA, organizer of the event, the ride was intended to raise public awareness of the anti-human trafficking Actionline, 1343.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), chaired by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, hailed the conviction of a man charged with trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of minors. On March 19, 2013, Judge Roberto P. Quiroz of Manila Regional Trial Court, Branch 29, sentenced Sonny Francisco to life imprisonment for Qualified Trafficking, the most severe infringement of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (R.A. 9208).


Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Metro Manila
Fifteenth Congress
Third Regular Session

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-third day of July, two thousand twelve.

[REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10364]

AN ACT EXPANDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ELIMINATE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSARY INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR THE PROTECTION AND SUPPORT OF TRAFFICKED PERSONS, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”

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.