Immigration revamp, more welfare offices needed vs human trafficking

Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who exposed the fake jobs scheme last November, has called for an overhaul of the BI to clean up its ranks......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 25th, 2023

CHR commends DSWD for protecting IPs

The Commission on Human Rights has commended the Department of Social Welfare and Development for protecting the indigenous peoples against trafficking and exploitation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2022

BI probes trafficking attempt at NAIA

The Bureau of Immigration has launched an investigation into an attempt by three human trafficking victims to leave the country illegally by using fake access passes to get past security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Nov. 6......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2022

BI prevents 4 trafficking victims from leaving Philippines

Immigration officers prevented four Filipinas, possible victims of human trafficking, from leaving the country, the Bureau of Immigration said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2022

Central Visayas among regions with high human trafficking cases — IACAT 

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Central Visayas was among the regions in the country with high number of cases of human trafficking. This was confirmed by Rhodelia Viajedor, Inter-Agency Council Against Human Trafficking (IACAT) focal person of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7). “Unfortunately, region seven is one of the areas […] The post Central Visayas among regions with high human trafficking cases — IACAT  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2022

24 human trafficking victims now under DSWD care in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Twenty-four Trafficking in Person (TIP) victims are now under the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-9 (DSWD-9) in this southern port city.Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD-9 information officer, said Tuesday the victims are currently housed at the Home for Wom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2022

24 biktima ng human trafficking inalalayang makauwi ng PCG

MANILA, Philippines – Inalalayan ng mga tauhan ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Station Isabela ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ng Maluso sa mabilis at ligtas na pagbiyahe sa 24 Trafficking in Person (TIP) victims sa Port of Isabela City, Basilan ngayong Linggo. Ayon sa PCG, sumakay ang mga biktima ng TIP sa […] The post 24 biktima ng human trafficking inalalayang makauwi ng PCG appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 17th, 2022

OFW bistado sa pinekeng pagkatao

Hindi nakalusot sa mga tauhan ng Bureau of Immigration (BI) ang isang biktima ng human trafficking nang mabuking na pineke nito ang tunay na pagkatao. The post OFW bistado sa pinekeng pagkatao first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021

Immigration rescues human trafficking victims bound for UAE

Immigration officers intercepted several trafficking victims bound for the United Arab Emirates who were given fake itineraries by their recruiters......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 18th, 2021

EDITORIAL - From pastillas to trafficking

If they are allowing the illegal entry of aliens into the country for a fee, it’s not surprising that at least 28 personnel of the Bureau of Immigration are now under investigation on accusations of involvement in human trafficking......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

BI scam suspects tagged in human trafficking

The group of Bureau of Immigration officers tagged in the so-called “pastillas scam” is the same clique involved in the outbound trafficking of Filipino women, including those duped into working as prostitutes, witnesses told the Senate committee on women and children yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

BI: Illegal recruitment nabawasan sa pandemya

Bagama’t hindi ganap na natigil, bumaba naman umano ang bilang ng mga biktima ng illegal recruitment at human trafficking dahil sa COVID-19 pandemya noong 2020, ayon sa Bureau of Immigration (BI). The post BI: Illegal recruitment nabawasan sa pandemya first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 18th, 2021

7 UAE-bound suspected trafficking victims rescued

Immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) barred from leaving the country seven Filipino women who were bound for the United Arab Emirates who were suspected to be human trafficking victims......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

BI chief warns public anew against falling prey to human trafficking

Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (FILE PHOTO)CALOOCAN CITY, Sept. 9 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) chief is warning the public anew against falling prey to th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 10th, 2020

BI warns public vs human traffickers

The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday said that human traffickers are back in business and are trying to take advantage of the pandemic in their illegal activities after immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport stopped from leaving the country two Filipinas suspected of being trafficking victims......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Philippines maintains rank in human traffic index

The Philippines has maintained its Tier 1 ranking in the 2019 Trafficking in Persons report of the US State Department for the fifth year in a row, according to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente yesterday, highlighting the country’s efforts against human trafficking......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Drive vs human trafficking stepped up

  BY JUN RAMIREZ   The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its campaign against human trafficking will not be hindered while the country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the world observes the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons today (July 30, 2020), we reaffirm our unwavering resolve to combat human trafficking in our […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Anti-human trafficking offices at NAIA on lockdown

The Department of Justice placed its anti-human trafficking offices at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a two-week lockdown beginning on Wednesday after four employees contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Anti-human trafficking offices in NAIA placed under lockdown

The Department of Justice placed anti-human trafficking offices in three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport under a two-week lockdown due to COVID-19 threat......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

New DSWD chief wants more social workers, no revamp

Social Welfare Secretary Rexlon Gatchalian will not embark on a top management revamp or make changes in the rank-and-file in the Department of Social Welfare and Development anytime soon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2023