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Philippines: Trafficking in Human Beings, Irregular Migration

Key facts

Requesting authority: Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
Experts involved: Belgium, Indonesia, Romania, UK, Germany (private consultant)
Time Frame: July 2014-February 2018
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Objective

To contribute to the current efforts of the relevant Philippine institutions to counter trafficking in human beings and illegal recruitment while enhancing coordination among involved agencies.

Activities

Activity 1: Review of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and identification of gaps and needs pertinent to it

Activity 2: Support in developing the Monitoring Guidelines on the Implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Illegal Recruitment-Free Local Government Units (LGUs)

Activity 3: Presentation of and exchange seminar on the Monitoring Guidelines 

Activity 4: Workshop on investigation and prosecution techniques, and review of existing practices and procedures

Activity 5: Development of a Handbook for the Investigation and Prosecution of Illegal Recruitment Cases and Illegal Recruitment Cases Connected to Trafficking in Persons 

Activity 6: Finalisation of the Handbook and conducting a Training of Trainers based on it

Activity 7: Workshop on referral mechanisms for victims of trafficking in human beings. 

Results and outputs

  • Monitoring Guidelines on the Implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Illegal Recruitment-Free Local Government Units (LGUs) are developed
  • Interagency (central and local) cooperation, coordination and partnership with regard to preventing trafficking and illegal recruitment are improved
  • A Handbook for the Investigation and Prosecution of Illegal Recruitment Cases and Illegal Recruitment Cases Connected to Trafficking in Persons is developed
  • A Training of Trainers based on the handbook is delivered to relevant actors
  • Knowledge on referral mechanisms for victims of THB and illegal recruitment is enhanced

“The peer-to- peer transfer of skills, expertise and know-how among government officials is a very effective approach.”

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Transferring practices and experiences from the EU context to countries in development is not always easy, but requires adaptation and for us experts to really get into the needs and contexts of the countries - a worthwhile path, once taken.

Ms. Markéta von Hagen

MIEUX Expert in Philippines and Ghana 

 

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