Anti-Trafficking Act of the Philippines

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Anti-Trafficking Act of the Philippines

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CONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES FIFTEENTH CONGRESS Third Regular Session

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H. No. 6339

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

BY REPRESENTATIVES SARMIENTO (M.), TEVES, CALIXTO-RUBIANO, YAP (S.), CRUZ-GONZALES, PACQUIAO, BELLO, CLIMACO, RODRIGUEZ (M.), NOGRALES, DEL MAR, AUMENTADO, MARCOLETA, RODRIGUEZ (R.), SARMIENTO (C.), TEODORO, ROMUALDO, VILLARICA, TAÑADA, ANGPING, GARCIA-ALBANO AND PRIMICIAS-AGABAS, PER COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 2255 AN ACT EXPANDING REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9208, ENTITLED “AN ACT TO INSTITUTE POLICIES TO ELIMINATE TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS ESPECIALLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN, ESTABLISHING THE NECESSARY INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR THE PROTECTION AND SUPPORT OF TRAFFICKED PERSONS, PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR ITS VIOLATIONS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled: SECTION 1. This Act shall be known as the “Expanded AntiTrafficking in Persons Act of 2012”. SEC. 2. Sections 2, 3 and 4 of Republic Act No. 9208 are hereby amended to read as follows: “SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. – It is hereby declared that the State values the dignity of every human person and

2 guarantees the respect of individual rights. In pursuit of this policy, the State shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures and development of programs that will promote human dignity, protect the people from any threat of violence and exploitation, eliminate trafficking in persons, and mitigate pressures for involuntary migration and servitude of persons, not only to support trafficked persons but more importantly, to ensure their recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into the mainstream of society. “It shall be a State policy to recognize the equal rights and inherent human dignity of women and men as enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights, UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF

DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN, United Nations

Convention on the Rights of the...

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