The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) – Central Visayas nominated Vice Governor Agnes A. Magpale as Champion Against Trafficking in Person.
IACAT – Central Visayas is headed by Regional State Prosecutor Fernando Gubalani.
Nominees from the different parts of the country must show commitment through unwavering acts directed against human trafficking based on their respective mandates despite the challenges posed before them and innovativeness and resourcefulness by initiating activities and introducing new or making changes in established processes and procedures despite budgetary constraints.
Nominees may be from any member agency of the council, LGU partner and can be an individual or an office or organization.
The IACAT is a body created by law to coordinate and monitor the implementation of Republic Act No. 9208, otherwise known as the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.”
The Secretaries of the Department of Justice and the Department of Social Welfare and Development act as chairpersons.
Other agencies included as members of the council are the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine National Police, Philippine Commission on the Role of Women, Commission for Filipinos Overseas , and three (3) NGOs representing women, Overseas Filipino workers and Children sectors.
Ex-officio members include the National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine Center for Transnational Crime, Council for the Welfare of Children, and the National Youth Commission.
Magpale’s record as a staunch advocate of women’s and children’s rights was considered by the IACAT – Central Visayas when scouting for a nominee for the national recognition.
As a Cebu provincial legislator, Magpale exerted efforts for the institutionalization of the Committee on Women, Children and Family in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
She likewise sponsored the ordinance that created the Provincial Women’s Commission that serves as the implementing arm of the provincial government’s programs, projects and activities for the women in Cebu.
The commission has evolved and is now involved in a wider scope of activities, including livelihood projects, health programs, surveillance and rescue operations, legal and prosecutorial services, psycho-social interventions, and after care services for women victims of all forms of violence.
Among the provincial legislations that Magpale has pushed starting when she was still a Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan representing the 5th Congressional District to her present position as vice governor includes the Women Development Code of Cebu Province, the Ordinance on the Mandatory Registration of all forms of Recruitment and Placement Activities in the Barangay Level, and the Ordinance Banning Linggam and Yoni Massage.
Two of her proposed ordinances, Ordinance on Cyberpornography and Anti-Obscenity, are still presently under review by the Committee on Laws of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan due to the intricacies and technical complexities of the issues involved.
The awarding for the national search will be held in Manila on Dec. 12 in time with the celebration of the International Day Against Trafficking.