MANILA, Philippines – The government is set to receive financial assistance worth $500,000 from the US for its intensified campaign against human trafficking operations in the country.
The fund, entailed in a letter of agreement (LOA) signed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr., will be used for a three-year joint project for improved prosecution and conviction of leaders and members of syndicates involved in human trafficking.
Ambassador Thomas told reporters at the DOJ that the US and the Philippines “share a strong and mutual commitment to protect and promote respect for human rights and to combat the gross injustice that is human trafficking.”
He said the agreement is “another milestone in our shared effort to end the scourge of human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery.”
Under the LOA, a program titled “Strengthening Capacity to Prosecute and Convict Human Traffickers in the Philippines” will be created to expand and strengthen the Philippine justice system.
The enforcement sectors will investigate, prosecute and convict persons engaged in human trafficking through technical assistance, training and mentoring.