Promise 82: Protect OFWs from fixers, scammers, and traffickers

Posted at 07/25/2010 1:22 AM | Updated as of 07/15/2013 12:38 PM

The Promise

Pursue and prosecute those engaging in illegal and predatory activities, including fixers, scammers and especially traffickers that target women and children. We will fully implement the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.



June 27, 2012: The monitoring system put in place by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has resulted in the speedy resolution of human trafficking cases, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in Rome. (Continue Reading)

June 24, 2012: In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the BI will continue cooperating with officials of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in probing the immigration officers allegedly responsible for allowing the OFWs to go to Syria. (Continue Reading)

June 24, 2012: Intensifying its anti-trafficking operations, some 106 persons were rescued from being smuggled overseas by members of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in three separate sting operations this month, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in Dubai. (Continue Reading)

June 18, 2012: Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has instructed the POEA to strictly clamp down on illegal recruitment not only for Syria, but also for other countries, and to work closely with the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking (IACAT) headed by the Department of Justice, and other appropriate government agencies, such as the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, and local government units in the monitoring of human trafficking activities and in the apprehension and prosecution of human traffickers. (Continue Reading)

June 16, 2012: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday warned anew Filipino workers wanting to go to Syria to work not to continue with their plans and to stay away from recruiters assuring them of stable jobs in the civil strife-torn country. (Continue Reading)

March 15, 2012: Thirty one out of the 37 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Syria who arrived with Vice President Jejomar C. Binay were victims of human trafficking. (Continue Reading)

November 20, 2011: A top Bureau of Immigration (BI) official said it will continue to offload suspected victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking so long as there are Filipinos who are subjected to involuntary servitude and abusive working conditions abroad. (Continue Reading)

June 29, 2011: In working towards the neutralization of Human Trafficking Activities, the DOLE is also pursuing efforts to provide legal and other appropriate assistance to victims while working to prevent the occurrence of human trafficking activities by fully implementing the country’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons’ Act of 2003. The DOLE, POEA, and OWWA, in coordination with our Philippine Labor Attaches, are assisting victims to bring the prosecution of the criminal cases to a successful conviction of the perpetrators. (Continue Reading)

May 5, 2011: Runaway overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait now living at a halfway home have accused a Philippine assistant labor attaché in Kuwait of engaging in human trafficking. (Continue reading)

April 19, 2011: Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. welcomed a recently released US State Department report that the Philippines has made significant progress in combating human trafficking even as he pledged the BI’s continued vigilance in stopping human trafficking victims from leaving or entering the country. (Continue Reading)

January 13, 2011: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday strongly reiterated that restrictions against the processing and deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in certain areas of the globe remain in force in order to ensure their welfare and protection. (Continue Reading)

December 30, 2010: The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur informed Filipino nationals that a letter/affidavit of invitation/support authenticated by the Embassy does not guarantee clearance for departure to Malaysia by Philippine immigration officers. Such measures are in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. (Continue Reading)

November 9, 2010: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) belied a published report saying that DOLE officials have not been acting on the request for assistance of 11 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are suspected to have been victims of human trafficking in the United States. (Continue Reading)

November 4, 2010: Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz reported that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had rescued on 31 October five female Filipino workers believed to have been trafficked by an alleged notorious trafficker, a certain Alfred Lim. (Continue Reading)