INTERIOR and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año promised to provide the best security for international guests of the ASEAN Cross-Sectoral Consultative meeting to be held in the country.
ASEAN-member countries will gather in Panglao, Bohol today for a two-day first-ever cross sectoral work plan on human trafficking.
The Philippine government has set its eyes on raising the bar in the fight against trafficking in persons (TIP) as it plays host to the scheduled meeting.
Speaking during the recent security briefing, Año instructed top government officials involved in the preparation to offer the visiting countries with the best hosting and security while in the country.
“Let us raise the bar in our common quest against human trafficking and make sure to provide our international guests with the best hosting for this once in a lifetime event,” the DILG chief said.
About 100 participants from the various ASEAN sectoral bodies are expected to attend the ASEAN meeting.
“Tulung-tulong tayong lahat para maging matagumpay ang ASEAN event na ito. Malaki ang aking paniniwala na matagumpay nating ma-aaddress ang napakalaking problema sa human trafficking lalung-lalo na sa mga kababaihan at mga kabataan,” he added.
The DILG chief called on the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Work Plan and the Bohol TIP Work Plan to serve as guide to all concerned sectoral bodies to implement anti-trafficking activities in the ASEAN region such as TIP prevention, protection of victims, law enforcement and prosecution of crimes of trafficking in persons, and Regional International Cooperation and Coordination.
“Panglao is a world-renowned tourist destination and Bohol Governor Edgardo M. Chatto is a recipient of numerous awards. I am pretty sure that with all bases covered, this event will be a huge success,” he said.
Apart from sharing of good practices, the two-day ASEAN event will also discuss recent developments in ASEAN, ways forward for establishing a monitoring and reporting mechanism on TIP, briefing and discussions on future plans for ACTIP socialization workshops at the national level, and informal networking to strengthen working relationships between and among concerned ASEAN sectoral bodies.