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DMW and DOJ collaborate to step up efforts against human trafficking
In order to increase its operations against human trafficking, which targets overseas Filipino workers, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) has teamed up with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies (OFWs).
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. personally presided over the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) meeting that took place on Monday in Malacaang Palace, according to a press release released on Tuesday by DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople.
She informed the President at the meeting that DMW has been helping victims of cryptocurrency syndicates file cases for human trafficking.
Four more cases of human trafficking are scheduled to be filed in the upcoming two weeks, bringing the total to 11, according to Ople.
She continued by saying that on March 7th, one of the suspects in the cryptocurrency fraud that targeted OFWs in Cambodia was detained in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
The President was also given the assurance by Ople that DMW is closely monitoring allegations of OFW human trafficking in Poland and other parts of Europe, where victims are subjected to excessive hours, low pay, and hazardous working conditions.
“The DMW is still giving food and other help to 39 Filipino workers who were sent to Belgium by a Polish-based staffing agency. In order to help them while their case is being resolved, the Belgian government has given these individuals temporary work permits.
According to Ople, the DOJ has indicated a willingness to support these international victims of human trafficking who are committed to taking legal action under the Witness Protection Program.
At the IACAT meeting, she remarked, “I spoke with Justice Secretary Crispin Remulla, and he welcomed such a collaboration of efforts with the DMW.
Ople informed foreign and local delegates at the 5th Meeting of the Colombo Process Thematic Area Working Group (TAWG) on Tuesday that President Marcos has instructed the DMW to step up its awareness campaign to stop more prospective OFWs from falling for crypto-currency scam syndicates in Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.
We need to use social media more effectively to expose these syndicates because unlawful recruitment takes place online, according to Ople.
For a more intense education and awareness campaign, the DMW will collaborate closely with the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and other government agencies like the DOJ and IACAT, she said.***
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