Flores III of the Research and Development Studies Division of the Office of the Vice-President (OVP) told Khaleej Times that IACAT
created a Technical Working Group to study the off-loading guidelines and to evolve more comprehensive procedures to be followed at the country's airports, particularly at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The Senate will ensure funding for the IACAT
and other agencies involved in anti-human trafficking efforts," Legarda concluded.
The DOJ, which houses the IACAT
secretariat, is responsible for the prosecution of suspected offenders and protection of witnesses in trafficking cases and assigned 93 prosecutors to work on trafficking in persons cases, a significant increase from 58 in the previous year.
She commended the IACAT
XI network for spearheading the campaign in Davao Region with the mural painting activity depicting the efforts of addressing the problem.
operated an anti-trafficking hotline; during the year, the line received 68 trafficking-related calls leading to the identification of 17 trafficking cases.
In late September, the Philippine government launched IACAT
Public Assistance Corner (I-PAC) and its website www.
While lacking a substantial budget, the IACAT
cooperated with NGO anti-trafficking initiatives, including a road-show campaign against human trafficking in Mindanao.
In a press conference at the Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM City here on Monday, Department of Social Welfare and Development in Davao region (DSWD-11) regional director Pricilla Razon said that from January to November this year, IACAT
was able to record 98 cases of human trafficking, a sizable jump from the 13 the agency recorded last year.
The new EoACAyoffloading' guidelines are a result of a meeting of IACAT
members in October following calls by overseas Filipinos, including those from the UAE, to review the EoACAyabsolute discretion' of the BI in offloading passengers.
recently met to form a technical working group to review the offloading policy and other extortion complaints lodged against immigration officials.
CDA Cato faced the matter head on, found like-minded organizations to align with, and got the job done without expecting anything in return, IACAT
executive director Darlene Pajarito said.
The basis for preventing a Filipino from leaving the country should be clearly spelled out to minimise the exercise of discretion on the part of immigration personnel," said Vice-President Jejomar Binay, presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers and chair emeritus of IACAT