The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) hailed both houses of congress on the recent approval of the consolidated version of Senate Bill No. 2625 and House Bill No. 6339, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. Enrolled copies of the bill are now given to the Office of the President for approval after it has been ratified by both Senate and Congress last December 4, 2012.
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.
Last November 09, 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons concluded her Fact-Finding Mission with a preliminary report on the Government’s work against human trafficking, in the presence of DOJ Secretary Leila M. De Lima and DOJ Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar, together with representatives of agencies and partners of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). Ms. Ezeilo noted that that the Philippine Government has demonstrated strong commitment and significant progress in combating human trafficking, while suggesting measures to improve this effort.
The IACAT expressed its gratitude to the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking Ms. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo for conducting her Fact-Finding Mission to the Philippines. As noted by Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, “her Mission has allowed us to enhance the international solidarity that forms a pillar of our campaign against human trafficking, by exchanging lessons and best practices on combating this civilizational scourge.”
The presence of the Philippine delegation here today is an acknowledgment of three important realities.
First, the exemplary leadership that the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has shown in the efforts of the community of nations against trafficking of human beings.
Second, the valuable partnership between our two governments in this effort.
And third, the gratitude of the Filipino people for the many fruits of this valuable partnership.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here to say “Thank You” on behalf of our government
…and on behalf of our people.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) continues to strengthen its ties with the international community as representatives from its member agencies embarked on an exchange mission in the Kingdom of Netherlands, a member of the European Union (EU), for a bilateral meeting with the heads of agencies of the said country to formulate effective preventive and combative measures against modern day slavery.
The Dutch Embassy stated that in its correspondence with IACAT that it has taken notice of the impressive measures that the Philippine Government has taken in the fight against trafficking in persons. They also highlighted that a shared responsibility to stop traffickers is more than necessary as well as the importance of cooperation in an international level.
- Press Statement of GPH-IACAT Delegation for the Exchange Mission to the Netherlands
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- Message of Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana on MOA Signing in DOJ 23 October 2012
- Message of Secretary Leila M. De Lima at the DoJ-PPA MOA Signing held on October 23, 2012