Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) is the body mandated by law to coordinate and monitor the implementation of Republic Act No. 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, with the Department of justice as the lead agency. It was formed under section 20 of R.A. 9208, and is composed of the following government agencies and non-government sectoral representatives:

The IACAT conducts many different projects geared towards the elimination of trafficking in persons in the Philippines, prevention of the occurrence of trafficking, the protection and rehabilitation of victims and conviction of trafficking offenders.

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2023 Revised Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Filipino Passengers (Guidelines)Download

The 2023 Revised Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Filipino Passengers will come into effect on September 3, 2023.

🌐Enhanced Departure Procedures:

This revision is a collaborative effort aimed at streamlining and formalizing the departure requirements for various categories of Filipino passengers embarking on international journeys. The guidelines categorize different Filipino travelers to present the specific requirements for each group, thereby simplifying the process. Intended to encompass existing policies upheld by member agencies while conscientiously addressing emergent trends in human trafficking, these guidelines cover crucial aspects, including assessment, clearance and documentation during immigration inspections.

✈️ Upholding Elevated Standards:

The International Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) clarifies that the new guidelines are not stricter compared to before; they have been designed to comprehensively outline all of the requirements and documents that Filipinos need to secure before traveling.

The overarching goal of these guidelines is to mitigate the rising number of human trafficking victims, By providing clear, standardized departure procedures, we aim to fortify efforts against this pervasive threat to our citizens' safety and well-being.

Kindly take note that the effective date for these guidelines is September 3, 2023.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the comprehensive document by pressing this Download link or by following our official Facebook page ( to gain a deeper understanding. Should you require clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us. #IACATGuidelines #ElevatedTravelStandards #EmpoweringFilipinoTravelers


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