July 8, 2021

The month of July has been designated as Anti-Trafficking in Persons Awareness Month.

Every year in July, President Rodrigo Duterte declares “National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Awareness Month.”

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), in collaboration with relevant agencies, is to oversee the commemoration and execution of the event, according to Proclamation No. 1180, signed by Duterte on July 6.

The decree said, “There is a need to raise public awareness of human trafficking, inculcate social conscience among the general public, and mobilize more activists, particularly those from vulnerable groups.”

The money required to carry out the proclamation will be deducted from the IACAT’s available allocations.

The IACAT’s budget proposal will include the funding needs for the following years.

All other national government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations and state universities and colleges, are urged to participate, and all local government units, the private sector, and relevant non-governmental organizations and civil society groups are encouraged to provide necessary support and assistance to the IACAT for the I

As a member to the United Nations (UN) Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Philippines already commemorates World Day Against Trafficking on July 30 each year and conducts related initiatives, campaigns, and events.

As of March 2021, 49,032 victims of human trafficking have been recorded in 148 countries, according to the UN Global Report on Trafficking in Persons.

In the Philippines, a total of 1,608 victims of human trafficking based on convictions have been documented.

The state’s policy is to cherish the dignity of every human being and to ensure complete respect for human rights, according to Section 11 of Article II of the Constitution.

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