[Lolly R. Acosta, receiving the Plaque of Appreciation, looking on were Associate Commissioner Abdullah S. Mangutara, BID Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr. and Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, during the 75th Anniversary of the BID.]
The Philippines was removed from the US Government’s “Tier 2” list of countries with most cases of human trafficking after convicting several human traffickers and implementing tighter screening of departing Fiipino tourist. To quote its 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report: “the US State Department noted that while the Philippines “still does not fully comply with the minimum standards to eliminate trafficking, Manila is making significant effort to do so”.
The government could have not done it without the participation of the civil society. Like the “Bayanihan” concept, which he introduced to win the hearts and mind of the people in the government’s fight against insurgency while still the Chief of Staff of the AFP, now Commissioner Ricardo A. David, Jr. and the BID gave due recognition to the contribution of its partners in civil society in its fight against human trafficking.
Lolly R. Rivera’s active participation in BID’s effort to eradicate Human Trafficking, among others, was recognized during the 71st Anniversary of the BID. Lolly R. Acosta is the President of the NAAI Press Corps for more than a decade and the moderator of Balitaan sa Aloha, being held every Wednesdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Aloha Hotel.
[With Associate Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison]