The ACTIP will be implemented alongside the Asean Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.
As trafficking in persons requires multi-sectoral collaboration, the relevant Asean Sectoral Bodies and Organs are currently discussing measures to coordinate cross-cutting efforts in implementing the ACTIP and APA on both national and regional levels,' the DFA said.
The Philippines played a pivotal role in the development of the Convention acting as the principal guide for the Experts Working Group Meetings held prior to the signing of the ACTIP.
A key element of the ACTIP lies on the promotion of cooperation between member countries in meeting the objectives of the agreement," Pajarito said.
is the second convention for ASEAN following the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism signed by the leaders in the Philippines in 2007.
The objectives of ACTIP among others are to effectively prevent and combat trafficking in persons, especially women and children, and to ensure just and effective punishment of traffickers; protect and assist victims of trafficking in persons, with full respect for their human rights and promote cooperation among the relevant parties in order to meet the objectives.
ACTIP is the second convention for ASEAN following the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism, which was signed by the ASEAN Leaders in Cebu, Philippines on January 13, 2007.