The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Blas F. Ople Policy Center & Training Institute (BFOPCTI), presented the new logo of the 1343 Action Hotline through the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and launched the IACAT website and 1343 Hotline.

Manila, Philippines—As part of the week-long celebration of the International Day Against Trafficking, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), spearheaded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched several projects to promote nationwide awareness against trafficking and provide assistance to victims of trafficking.

Last December 10 at the New World Hotel Manila the IACAT signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Blas F. Ople Policy Center & Training Institute (BFOPCTI), presented the new logo of the 1343 Action Hotline through the Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and launched the new IACAT Website.

The MOA creates a task force for the OFWs dedicated for investigation, prosecution, and improvement of the referral system through utilizing information technology by building an online knowledge on the nature, trends, and dynamics of trafficking for OFWs.

Meanwhile, the CFO, a council member of the IACAT and forerunner of the Advocacy and Communication Committee (ADVOCOM), presented the new logo of the 1343 Action Hotline with the tagline “Break all chains” to signify the fight to end modern day slavery.

The much-improved 1343 Action Hotline is more accessible as it can now be downloaded online. Those who are abroad can complain through this application or through Facebook message. Furthermore, the 1343 hotline is now available 24/7 in order to efficiently respond to emergency or crisis calls from victims of trafficking. The 24/7 call facility is toll-free in Cebu and Davao.

“We want to make the IACAT more accessible to Filipinos abroad so that wherever they are in the world, they can reach the IACAT to ask for help or report abuse or exploitation,” said Undersecretary Villar when asked about the 1343 mobile application.

Lastly, the new IACAT website —www.iacat.gov.ph was launched, this time under the “.gov” domain. The website will provide public information and assistance through monitoring and addressing various complaints on trafficking. Through this website, the number of trafficking in persons cases all over the country can be monitored in real time and the status of complaints can also be checked. “Before, complainants are kept in the dark as to the status of their cases, but not anymore. Complainants will be able to monitor the status of their complaints through the IACAT website and the IACAT will also faciliate more efficient resolution of these complaints through the monitoring system,” said Undersecretary in charge of IACAT, Emmeline Aglipay Villar.