Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VF) is a Philippine-based NGO established in 1991 that is widely regarded for innovating solutions to end modern-day slavery. VF provides specialized services to victims and their families, builds social movements and advocates for lasting policy changes to combat human trafficking, domestic servitude and other forms of exploitation.
VF’s work with child domestic workers has been cited by the International Labour Organization-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) as an international best practice. Its anti-trafficking partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies was also hailed as one of the international best practices by the U.S. Department of State in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.
Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, Founding President and Executive Director of the Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc., a Manila-based NGO established in 1991, is a globally recognized human rights advocate and a multi-awarded freedom fighter. She serves as an international expert on human trafficking, child labor and domestic work. She is currently appointed by the President of the Philippines as a member of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking as an NGO Representative for Women’s Sector.
While in Singapore recently, Cecile spoke about the work of the VF on the local morning news show AM Live! On Channel News Asia.