CATW-AP’s fight against trafficking recognized
Malacañang Palace awarded The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women—Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) and other anti-trafficking groups for their significant efforts in combating human trafficking in the Philippines during a testimonial dinner at Malacañang Palace last July 29.
The 2011 US Trafficking in Persons Report issued the removal of the country from Tier 3 Watchlist for two consecutive years and now upgraded to Tier 2 status.
Other than CATW-AP, those honored by President Noynoy Aquino included End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) – Philippines, International Justice Mission (IJM), Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VFFI), former Bureau of Immigration officer-in-charge Ronaldo P. Ledesma, BI legal head Arvin Cesar G. Santos, BI intelligence head Maria Antonette B. Mangrobang, Ninoy Aquino International Airport general manager Jose Angelo A. Honrado, National Inter-Agency Task Force Against Trafficking (NIATFAT), Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RAHTTF-7) of Cebu City, Sea Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) of Zamboanga City, Anti-Human Trafficking Division of the National Bureau of Immigration (NBI-AHTRAD), Dante B. Bonoan NBI –AHTRAD chief, Court Administrator Midas Marquez and Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Supreme Court (SC).
The ceremony was given in honor of Zambaonga City Assistant Prosecutor Arlene Pajarito who was named as one of the ten Trafficking in Persons heroes by the US State Department.