The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) hailed the approval by the Senate of Senate Bill 2625, or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act on its third and final reading last Monday, October 8, 2012.
Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar, in-charge of IACAT, said the ratification of the bill will further fortify the gains of the government against elements of human trafficking.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently announced that it has set up a new social media site designed to provide public information and assistance, as well as monitor and address complaints.
Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente Salazar, IACAT head, said the new public assistance site is designed to enable IACAT to extend its assistance and services to Filipinos both here and abroad.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) wishes to assure the public that the recent issues facing the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VFFI) will in no way affect the implementation of its existing campaign and efforts to protect the public from the evils of human trafficking.
The IACAT continues to fulfill its mandate to eradicate all forms of modern-day slavery, in partnership with the public, the international community, and civil society.
Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
Thank you for the privilege of sharing the Philippine experience in the fight against human trafficking.
When asked to describe our enemies in the human trafficking front, two adjectives come to mind.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) warmly accepted the offer of support by the Kingdom of Netherlands, a member of the European Union bloc (EU), for the construction of shelter homes for human trafficking victims and the improvement of IACAT’s database.
Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar said that the agreement between IACAT and the Netherlands is “one more major step in our efforts to close ranks and tap the power of partnerships.”
IACAT representatives and envoys from the Kingdom of Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which sought to strengthen the bond between the two countries and broaden its defense against modern-day slavery.
August 23, 2012
Your Excellency Robert G. Brinks, Honorable Ruth Emmerick, Friends, ladies and gentlemen:
Let me begin by making a confession.
Unknown to most of you, I am a big fan of the people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Two of them stand out in my list – one is a famous painter; the other, a young girl whose diary is perhaps the most public chronicle of one person’s most private thoughts and feelings.
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