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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA1276
2007-04-20 06:29
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 MANILA 001276

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR G/TIP (JSIGMON, RBILLINGS), EAP/MTS, EAP/RSP,
INL/AAE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB KCRM PHUM PREL RP
SUBJECT: TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS PROJECT PROPOSALS FOR FY
2007

REF: A. STATE 28143

¶B. MANILA 1054
¶C. MANILA 1043
¶D. MANILA 688

¶1. In response to the solicitation for anti-trafficking in
persons project proposals from the Department’s Office to
Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (G/TIP) (ref A),
Embassy Manila received 22 proposals from both government
agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for
consideration of funding in FY 2007. Our Mission’s
Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Working Group carefully reviewed
all 22 proposals and recommends the following five projects
to G/TIP for funding in FY 2007, in priority order. Three
projects primarily focus on improving the prosecution of TIP
cases, while the two others address prevention and protection
efforts. Embassy will email the complete proposals for these
five projects to G/TIP directly per reftel guidance.
Political Officer Barry Fullerton is the Embassy
point-of-contact for trafficking in persons issues. He can
be reached at 63-2-528-6300, extension 2350, or at
FullertonTB@state.gov.

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PROJECT 1: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
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¶A. ORGANIZATION: International Justice Mission (IJM)

¶B. PROJECT TITLE: An Initiative to Combat Trafficking in
Metro Manila and Samar

¶C. REQUESTED FUNDING: $760,857

¶D. DURATION: Two years

¶E. DESCRIPTION: The project aims to continue IJM’s
anti-trafficking initiatives on case development and
prosecutions of human trafficking cases in Metro Manila;
build the capacity of local law enforcement; increase
aftercare capacity of government; and expand IJM’s project
coverage to the province of Samar in the Visayas. IJM will
continue to initiate investigation of TIP cases for sexual
exploitation and case referrals from local NGOs. It will
utilize evidentiary materials gathered to assist local
authorities in initiating arrests and prosecution of
traffickers and closure of establishments engaged in TIP.
IJM will also facilitate placement of rescued victims in
facilities for recovery, rehabilitation and skills training.

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PROJECT 2: VISAYAN FORUM FOUNDATION
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¶A. ORGANIZATION: Visayan Forum Foundation (VFF)

¶B. PROJECT TITLE: Operating Halfway Houses in Strategic Ports
in the Philippines to Protect Victims and Potential Victims
of Trafficking, and Organizing Responsive Task Forces Towards
Strengthening Prosecution of Trafficking Cases

¶C. REQUESTED FUNDING: $475,196

¶D. DURATION: Two years

¶E. DESCRIPTION: VFF requests funding to continue to operate
its halfway houses in the ports of Manila, Davao, Sorsogon
and Batangas. These unique facilities, built by the
Philippine Ports Authority, provide 24-hour temporary shelter
and protection services to rescued victims of trafficking.
Despite VFF’s pioneering efforts in Philippine ports and its
great impact in combating human trafficking, VFF still faces
the challenge to continue to provide an immediate set of
services to actual and potential victims who have been
intercepted during transit. The proposed project addresses
the need to strengthen the anti-trafficking task forces
composed of law enforcers, shipping companies, and other
stakeholders at the port through capacity-building
activities, and expand the task forces’ ability to monitor
other exit and entry points of trafficking throughout the
country.

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PROJECT 3: ST. MA. GORETTI DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, INC.
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¶A. ORGANIZATION: St. Ma. Goretti Development Foundation, Inc.

¶B. PROJECT TITLE: Inter-Provincial Local Government Units and

MANILA 00001276 002 OF 003

Multi-Sector Partnership Against Trafficking

¶C. REQUESTED FUNDING: $90,313

¶D. DURATION: Eighteen months

¶E. DESCRIPTION: The project seeks to combat trafficking of
women and children in the provinces of Negros Oriental,
Negros Occidental in the Visayas, and Zamboanga del Norte in
Mindanao. These three provinces have been identified as
sources of child labor trafficked to Manila and other cities.
The project will conduct advocacy campaigns in the three
provinces; establish cooperation among local government
units, civil society and community groups for joint action
against TIP; conduct capacity building activities for law
enforcers and prosecutors; and establish temporary shelters
for rescued TIP victims.

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PROJECT 4: WINROCK INTERNATIONAL
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¶A. ORGANIZATION: Winrock International

¶B. PROJECT TITLE: Philippines Anti-Trafficking Initiative
(PATI)

¶C. REQUESTED FUNDING: $299,492

¶D. DURATION: Two years

¶E. DESCRIPTION: The project aims to strengthen existing law
enforcement mechanisms to combat trafficking in children
through improved prosecution. It also seeks to prevent
children-at-risk from trafficking by providing livelihood and
educational opportunities in Cebu City and Davao City, where
child trafficking incidence is high. To accomplish this,
PATI will: develop training modules and train members of the
government led projects Sagip-Batang Manggagawa (SBM) (“Child
Labor Rescue”) and the Inter-Agency Councils Against
Trafficking in Persons (IACAT) to improve identification,
evidence collection and case build-up for trafficking in
persons; and, develop and include in the SBM Handbook and
inspection system information on trafficking, and policies
and procedures to investigate and prosecute trafficking, thus
ensuring that SBM members integrate combating child
trafficking activities into their enforcement of the child
labor law. Simultaneously, PATI will assist communities to
raise awareness of trafficking, assist in the identification
of those at-risk of being trafficked; report suspected
traffickers to law enforcers and cooperate in the effective
implementation of the Philippines’ 2003 anti-trafficking law.
At-risk children aged 14-17 years old will participate in
programs to build employment and enterprise skills, thus
reducing the vulnerability of being trafficked. Those of
working age will be assisted in obtaining safe employment.

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PROJECT 5: CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
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¶A. ORGANIZATION: Catholic Relief Services

¶B. PROJECT TITLE: Improving Legal Assistance and Trafficking
Awareness in the Philippines

¶C. REQUESTED FUNDING: $260,219

¶D. DURATION: Two years

¶E. DESCRIPTION: The project aims to combat trafficking
through increased capacity of Catholic networks in this
predominantly Catholic society to educate vulnerable women
and children regarding the prevention of trafficking,
including safe migration and safe work. It also aims to
develop legal resources to increase and improve the quality
of cases filed for prosecution in the Philippines. The
project will provide training to 100 lawyers, 100 paralegals,
240 Catholic Church pastoral workers as well as Department of
Justice prosecutors. The project will conduct awareness
campaigns and other community activities through Catholic
Church structures to reach out to thousands of vulnerable
individuals. The project also aims to establish coordination
between Catholic Church networks and IACAT. CRS’ implementing
partners include the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral
Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the National
Secretariat for Social Action, and Asia Against Child

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