MANILA, Philippines - The European Union (EU) can learn from the Philippines in combating human trafficking and illegal recruitment, European Commission Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“I informed the commissioner that we have ratified the ILO (International Labour Organization) convention concerning decent work for domestic workers, and pointed out our efforts to protect our OFWs and address the social costs of migration,” Binay said.
He met Malmstrom during the 7th European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels, Belgium. Binay is the chairman emeritus of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and chairman of the Presidential Taskforce Against Illegal Recruitment (PTFAIR).
“I told the commissioner that as a result of these efforts, we have developed perhaps the most advanced infrastructure for protecting our nationals abroad,” he added.
The Philippines was classified in the Tier 2 category in the 2012 Global Trafficking in Persons Report of the United States.
The IACAT recently reported its 100th person convicted for human trafficking since the enactment of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
Binay said that for 2012 alone, IACAT has been able to secure convictions for 28 persons in 17 human trafficking cases.