Noting Pope Francis’ strong anti-human trafficking stance, leaders of civil society organizations and representatives from the recruitment industry will hold a dialogue on the eve of his five-day visit to the Philippines.
In a statement Tuesday, Susan Ople, head of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, said the meeting between agencies is a response to the Pope’s call for a “global war” against modern slavery and labor exploitation.
The one-day dialogue on January 14 will bring in experts in the government to help the participants assess the impact of the ASEAN economic integration on the recruitment, deployment and reintegration of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), especially among those most vulnerable.
Pope Francis will be in the Philippines from January 15 to 19.
Organized by the Ople Center and LBS Recruitment Solutions, the dialogue will also present updates from government officials assessing the country’s ability to create a framework combating local cases of human trafficking.