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DSWD Depar tment of the Interior and Local Gover nment (DILG) Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Department of Justice (DOJ) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-1 18 October 2010 TO ALL PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS , CITY/MUNICIPAL MAYORS , DILG REGIONAL DIRECTORS/FIELD OFFICERS AND OTHERS CONCERNED SUBJECT CREATION OF LOCAL COMMITTEES ON A
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   W Depar    ment of the Interior and Local Gover    ment (DILG)Depar    ment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Depar    ment of Justice (DOJ) Joint Memorandum Circular  No. 2010-1 18 October 2010 TO ALLPROVINCIALGOVERNORS , CITY/MUNICIPAL MAYORS , DILG REGIONALDIRECTORS/FIELD OFFICERS AND OTHERS CONCERNED SUBJECT CREATION OF LOCAL COMMITTEES ON ANTI- TRAFFICKING AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN (LCAT-VAWC) 1 . PREFATORY STATEMENT Republic Act No. 9208 declares that the State shall give highest priority to the enactment of measures and development of programs that will promotehuman dignity, protect the people from violence and exploitation, eliminatetrafficking in persons, and mitigate pressures for involuntar    migration and servitude of persons to ensure their recover    , rehabilitation, and reintegration. Republic Act No. 9262, on the other hand, underscores the commitment of the State on safeguarding the dignity of women and children while guaranteeing full respect of their human rights and to protect them from violence and threats to their personal safety and security. These two laws likewise provide stronger mandates and direction to relevant government agencies and stakeholders to immediately address human trafficking and VAWC by organizing Inter-Agency Councils (IACs) for trafficking(Section 20 of RA 9208) and VAWC (Section 39 of RA 9262). These Councils are composed of government agencies and selected non-government organizations whose mandates are relevant to VAWC and trafficking. Primarily, these national inter-agency councils are envisioned to serve as the coordinating and monitoring bodies on anti-VAWC and -trafficking initiatives, respectively. Their other functions include the development of comprehensive and integrated programs to harmonize all initiatives in addressing these problems, and the creation of enabling mechanisms that shall ensure the full implementation of RAs 9262 and 9208 at the sub-national and local levels. Cognizant of the impor    ant roles and responsibilities of the field offices of  national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) in the effective implementation of these laws, and in the prevention and monitoring of  tra   icking and VAWC cases at the local level, Section 13 of the IRR of RA 9208 and Section 59 of the IRR of RA 9262 fur    her encourage the National IACs toestablish or create mechanisms that shall facilitate the implementation of these laws at the local levels. Considering that the Regional IACAT-VAWC is now in place in all regions nationwide, organizing counterpar    Committees at the provincial and city/municipal levels are therefore seen as imperative and timely at this juncture when the National IACs, through the Regional IACAT-VAWC, need 1
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