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Participants from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and International Organization for Migration (IOM) missions in the Greater Mekong sub-region.

Manila, Philippines – Government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam visited the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) on 20 September 2017 to learn of the CFO’s various services and programs for overseas Filipinos and their families. The delegates were from the ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior, social welfare and disaster management of the said countries in the Greater Mekong area. They were accompanied by representatives from the various missions of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the sub-region.

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Photo source: US Department of State official website

Countries around the world continue to strive in their fight against human trafficking whose efforts are reflected in the yearly Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report of the US Department of State. This year, the Philippines has once again sustained its top ranking due to its relentless efforts in the elimination of human trafficking. The first time the country met the US standards in fighting trafficking was in 2016. Tier 1 is the highest status a country could receive signifying compliance with the minimum standards of the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA).

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