Created under Section 20 of Republic Act No. 9208 otherwise known as the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), composed of the Secretaries of the Department of Justice and Social Welfare and Development as chair and co-chair, respectively, and the heads of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration (POEA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW) and three representatives from non-government organizations as members. The IACAT serves as the coordinating and monitoring mechanism on all anti-human trafficking efforts of the government. It is also tasked to formulate comprehensive and integrated programs as well as harmonize all government initiatives to address the issues of trafficking in persons (TIP).
The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, Policy Development and Advocacy Division assigns staff to coordinate with the IACAT on matters related to human trafficking, while several staff were assigned to conduct advocacy and lobbying efforts on priority legislative agenda, including amendment of discriminatory provisions in existing laws, anti-prostitution, Magna Carta of Women, among others.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of the Philippines to the questionnaire on violence against women, 2008