BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The Regional Anti-Trafficking Task Force in Davao (RATTF-Davao) and its chair Davao Region State Prosecutor Antonio Arellano have been lauded for their contribution to the campaign against human trafficking.
The honors were handed out by the Interagency Council Against Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) during Thanksgiving and Recognition Night at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on February 11.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman handed the plaques of recognition to Arellano.
Arellano was cited for “his invaluable and indispensable role in the country’s campaign against all forms of modern-day slavery, as a pillar of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, which have significantly advanced the defense and promotion of human rights and human dignity,” said Regional Prosecution Office (RPO)-Davao public information officer and associate prosecution attorney Karl Salcedo, quoting from the plaque of recognition awarded to Arellano.
RATTF-Davao was recognized for its strong campaign in promoting awareness on human trafficking and its evils, Salcedo added
Salcedo said RATTF-Davao was also cited as the only task force in the country that created a network in the campaign against violators of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10364).
The Iacat-Davao Network is a partnership between local government units, non-government organizations and civil society organizations in the region to intensify the campaign against human trafficking.
Salcedo said RATTF-11 serves as the investigation and prosecutorial arm of Iacat-11 Network, which is assisted by prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of violators, according to Salcedo.
Initially a one-member task force started by the Davao City local government, Iacat – 11 has grown into a 22-member network composed of Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Davao Region, said Salcedo. With SunStar-Davao report