The people and governments of our two countries stand together in the fight against forced labor and trafficking of human beings. We both recognize that these forms of evil are in direct confrontation with our respective country’s stand for freedom and human dignity.
We laud the move by the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to ensure that the foreign labor force in this country work in an environment of freedom, equal protection and equal opportunities.
This speaks highly of the your government’s commitment to provide the best care for skilled workers and professionals who come here to contribute to the continuing growth and development of your country.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) encouraged Filipinos, both domestic and overseas, to continue to help the government in fighting modern day slavery through its recently launched IACAT Public Assistance Corner (I-PAC). Since its inception in late September of 2012, IACAT has accommodated numerous queries and vital tips on human trafficking activities through its official website [www.iacat.net].
Officials from IACAT expressed that this web based tool is one of the most inexpensive and effective means for the public to get in touch with the government, especially for Filipinos located in distant provinces and even those overseas. It was also guaranteed that the correspondence shall be treated with utmost confidentiality and that IACAT will be reaching out to those who seek redress using the I-PAC.
Honorable Secretary De Lima, Undersecretary Salazar, other DOJ officials, other Representatives to the Inter-agency Committee Against Trafficking (IACAT) Guests, ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning.
The Philippine Ports Authority lauds the Department of Justice and all the other agencies behind the creation of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking or IACAT whose primary mandate is to conduct massive information and awareness campaign on the existence of RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and the various concerns and issues attendant to it.
Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
In this life, each of us choose the battlefield in which we fight the war we are called to wage.
Kanya-kanyang giyera tayo.
Some are called to wage war against poverty.
Others, against tyranny.
Still others, against fear.
Or maybe, injustice.
When women lead nations, they offer much inspiration, both through what they say and what they do.
A woman-leader of a great nation, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, did inspire many when she said these words, and, I quote:
“At the end of the day, government is about teamwork and partnership.
And, we will be proving that by working together.”
The government’s anti human trafficking arm, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), reached another milestone as it secured the conviction of a known human trafficker from Makati. This marks the 100th person convicted for the violation of Republic Act 9208 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
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- 23rd Presidents of Law Associations in Asia (POLA) Conference, August 18, 2012 -- Message of Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar