Every December 12 since 2003, PACT has been at the forefront of the International Day Against Child Trafficking commemoration. December 12 signifies the signing of majority of the countries of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, also known as the Palermo Protocol. In July 2003, Asia ACTs partners from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and the Philippines made a resolution to celebrate every December 12 as Day Against Trafficking. In 2005, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Presidential Proclamation 1172 (lalabas kaya itong link na ito -(http://pcw.gov.ph/law/proclamation-no-1172) officially declaring the observation of December 12 as the International Day Against Trafficking and further declaring November 25 to December 12 as the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.
The following are the themes of the past Day Against Trafficking celebration:
2008 – Children Speak Out, Help Find and Save the Trafficked Child
2009 – Proteksyon ng Bata, Responsibilidad Nating Lahat
2010 – Justice and Protection for Trafficked Children
2011 – Komunidad Palakasin, Child Trafficking Sugpuin!
2012 – Komunidad at Pamahalaan Magkaisa, Human Trafficking ay Wakasan Na!
2013 – Wakasan Ang Human Trafficking, Ito’y Ating Tungkulin
PACT links up with various groups working to address human/child trafficking and to promote and protect the human rights of children as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
PACT partners with government agencies, international, national and local NGOs, people’s organizations, school-based organizations, and faith-based groups. Several PACT areas are also representative of children’s NGOs in local councils against trafficking or the Municipal/City/Provincial Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking.
PACT is also member of the NGO Coalition on the UNCRC, the Council for the Welfare of Children’s Sub-Committee on Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (SC-SACSEC). PACT actively partners with the National Inter Agency Council Against Trafficking for anti-trafficking activities and is also a member of the Asia Against Child Trafficking (Asia ACTs), the Regional Campaign to stop child trafficking in Southeast Asia.
PACT’s General Assembly is held every two years and is attended by Conveners from PACT’s 53 areas nationwide. The Assembly provides an opportunity to revisit PACT’s Strategic Plan, General Program of Action and/or accomplishments. It is an event to determine the current situation and challenges in the campaign to combat human trafficking and to consolidate the network and strengthen linkages with partners. Every two years, PACT also elects its Area Conveners, Regional Conveners and members and officers of the National Campaign Council (NCC).
PACT trains service providers, local governments, NGOs, and other groups to become community educators and help sensitize both public and private sectors on the phenomenon. These trained community educators conducts community-based education sessions which aim to increase the awareness of members of the community so they may identify and report cases of trafficking, prevent child trafficking from happening, and eventually, to reduce the incidence of trafficking. Through grassroots education, PACT also hopes to encourage members of the community to proactively participate in the campaign against human/child trafficking.