'Ambassador Buensuceso stressed that the ratification of the ACTIP is included in the 'dream list' of deliverables during the Philippine Chairmanship of Asean this year,' the DFA said.
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.
Darlene Pajarito, Executive Director of IACAT, hailed the ratification of the ACTIP citing the important role of the Philippines in drafting the convention.
The ACTIP establishes a legal framework for member countries of the ASEAN to effectively address cases related to human trafficking.
Among the objectives of the ACTIP are "to 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; 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 these objectives."
ACTIP is the second convention for ASEAN following the ASEAN Convention on Counter Terrorism signed by the leaders in the Philippines in 2007.