Inter-agency council formed vs human trafficking-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
VARIOUS agencies in Iloilo City have formed an inter-agency council that will focus on the eradication of human trafficking and illegal recruitment of women and children in Iloilo.
The Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) was established through a two-day seminar-workshop held at the Sarabaia Manor Hotel on October 23 and 24.
Present in the activity were resource speakers from the Commission on Filipino Overseas, Philippine Commission on Women, Visayan Forum, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The agencies’ discussion included anti-trafficking law, magna carta of women and gender-sensitivity reporting of trafficking cases, among others.
DOJ Lawyer Darlene Pajarito, during the training, said human trafficking is a heinous crime that must be stopped, but Filipinos continue to believe illegal recruiters and traffickers due to poverty.
Pajarito said that in the first six months of 2013, thousands of undocumented Filipino workers were recorded in Macau (300, 000), Singapore (50, 000), and Japan (almost 50, 000).
As of August 2013, there were 2, 021 monitored cases in the Philippines with 206 in Cebu, 109 in Pampanga and 72 in Quezon. There are 110 convictions involving 130 persons and 281 victims.
The Philippine Commission on Women is set to spearhead an 18-day campaign aimed at ending violence against women at the Cultural Center of the Philippines that will start on November 24.
The campaign will end on December 12 in line with the International Women’s Day. Local agencies involved are encouraged to conduct their own program.