Trillanes also calls for the creation of a permanent secretariat for the IACAT to manage the council’s activities and to provide for the continuity of plans and programs.
“Considering the growing number of human trafficking cases and the number of victims who need the support and assistance of IACAT, this mode of funding hardly meets the challenges of the times. Moreover, funds from the fines and forfeitures imposed by R.A. 9208 are slow in coming and we see no significant increase in the rate of the accumulation of said fund in the near future”, Trillanes emphasized. “Let us ‘put our money where our mouth is’ by providing direct funding for the IACAT Secretariat, whose primary function is to coordinate efforts intended to protect our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or our bagong bayani as we call them, as well as our women and children”, Trillanes added.
In order to make the fight against human trafficking more effective and more responsive to the demands of the times, Trillanes also urged his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass a counterpart measure on the said matter. (Jason de Asis)