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ACAT in action The ARMM Council Against Trafficking (ACAT) chaired by the Regional Governor informed the delegates from the Government of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea and International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the policies, framework, and strategies to address the concerns of Human Trafficking in ARMM during their visit held last May 18, 2015 at the Bajau Hall, ARMM Compound, Cotabato City.

Engr. Baintan Adil-Ampatuan, RPDO Executive Director said she was privileged to welcome the delegates from Papua New Guinea who are setting up their trafficking mechanisms and have chosen to observe ARMM in the localization of the National Action Plan Against Trafficking.

“The presence of TIP is a more complex problem especially in ARMM. Our initiative is not the best in the country but under the administration of Gov. Hataman, many interventions were done and issues have been addressed pertaining to TIP”, Engr. Ampatuan added.

Atty. Laisa Masuhud-Alamia, Executive Secretary of the Office of the Regional Governor presided the meeting in behalf of Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman, ARMM Regional Governor. In her statement, she emphasized that one of the main causes of ARMM TIP is attributed to the mass displacement as effects of recurring conflicts and natural disaster calamities in the region.

Based on the data of DSWD-ARMM, as of 2014, there are three hundred eighty-seven (387) victim-survivors of TIP in the region.

Atty. Alamia said that various interventions had been done by ARMM including the creation of the policy of the ARG Against Human Trafficking, formulation of the 2012-2016 ARMM Strategic Plan of Action Against Trafficking and 2013 Annual Work Plan, organization of Maguindanao Provincial Committee on Anti-Trafficking (PCAT), establishment of the One-Stop Processing Center (OSPC) in Bongao and Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, recovery and reintegration program for trafficked victims-survivors, hiring of social workers for family tracing and reunification, provision of assistance by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for distressed OFWs and strengthening of the Municipal Committee on Anti-Trafficking and Violence Against Women and their Children (MCAT-VAWC) in seven (7) municipalities within the region.

ACAT serves as the counterpart of the national Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in the ARMM.

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