Cases of child trafficking in the country is on the rise with around 7,000 more cases recorded, according to the secretariat of the Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT).
Salome Ujano, PACT national coordinator, said that 1,063 cases were recently recorded in Metro Manila while the rest came from the rest of the country.
“We believe that this is only a tip of an iceberg. We expect more cases to surge given that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, through the Department of Justice, has given an aggressive stance against child trafficking and child abuse in the country,” said Ujano.
Ujano was here Tuesday together with Atty. Katrina Legarda, consultant to the board of the Child Protection Unit (CPU), to sign a memorandum of agreement with the Aklan provincial government against child abuses.
PACT is a network of child rights advocates committed to building communities that protect children against trafficking. Its members include non-government organizations and people’s organizations as well as individuals from government.
Ujano said with the government’s aggressive measures, 33 convictions against child traffickers have been recorded since November 2010.
It is important for the government to maintain its aggressive measures since the Philippines consistently fell under Tier 2 category of the United States Department Report on Trafficking. It fell down to Tier 2 watch list in 2009 and 2010. If the country will fall under Tier Watchlist again in 2011, the US government will cut substantial support to the Philippines amounting to millions in dollar.