Philippines keeps Tier 1 in US human trafficking report

THE Philippines has retained for the fourth year its Tier 1 ranking in the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC announced.

The TIP Report 2019 edition was unveiled by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Thursday at the US Department of State.  

Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the US President, joined Pompeo at the Report’s launch ceremony, which included the awarding of certificates to the TIP Report Heroes.  

“We are heartened by the fact that the US Government continues to recognize our country’s resolute anti-TIP effort,” Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez said in a statement.  

“The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. sustains its cooperation and engagement with US stakeholders in order to communicate our priorities, including the importance with which we consider the role of labor-receiving countries in the fight against human trafficking,” the Ambassador added.

The Report, released annually by the US Department of State since 2001, is mandated by the US Congress under Public Law 106-386, otherwise known as “Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of the year 2000.”

The TVPA identifies minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking applicable to the government of a country of origin, transit, or destination for victims of severe forms of trafficking.