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Aquino administration vows to strengthen efforts to fight human trafficking

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The Aquino administration assured that it will continue to strengthen its effort to fight human trafficking after the United States’ Department of State and other countries have recognized the high level of commitment of the Philippine government to eradicate the crime.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government hopes that the Philippines could get positive review results from the United Nations Special Rapporteur, who is scheduled to arrive in Manila on Monday to assess the country’s fight against human trafficking.

“We have been making significant strides in fighting human trafficking primarily convictions. There has to be certainty of punishments so meron po tayong mga nahuhuli at meron na pong mga nako-convict when it comes to human trafficking violations,” Valte said.

“And I think positive proof that we have been making significant strides is remember natanggal na tayo sa blacklist. Nag-move up tayo and the significant progress has also been recognized,” she said.

Valte said the country’s Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT) continues to step up efforts towards a harmonized and concerted global response to fight trafficking in persons.

The government achieved the significant gains through the implementation of the three-pronged strategy, namely legislation, collaboration between the public and private sectors, and determination to overcome the challenges in the fight against trafficking.

“But, just the same, of course we will be open to giving the resources, the data that the UN representative may need during her stay here,” she said.

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