PHilMech vows to ensure protection of safe spaces

by Noel S. Mariano Jr. (November 25, 2021)

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The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization joined the start of the observance of 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women. The campaign is observed from November 25 to December 12 of every year.

Members of PHilMech's GAD executive committee and technical working group participated in a parade during the kick-off activity as the agency showed its support to the campaign.

This year, the campaign spotlights the Safe Spaces Act (RA 11313 or SSA) which defines and/or penalizes gender-based sexual harassment (GBSH) in the streets and public areas, workplace, educational and training institutions, and online.

Director Arnel Ramir M. Apaga, GAD Focal Point System executive chair stressed the need to intensify the promotion of this advocacy especially in the workplace to prevent violation of this act.

With the slogan: "Filipino Marespeto; Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo," everyone is encouraged to do their part in making all spaces safe through actions of public servants, private institutions, or as individuals.

The agency's GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) vowed to ensure the protection of safe spaces and will further strengthen its Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) to investigate and address complaints of gender-based sexual harassment.

It further encouraged all of PHilMech employees to take part and show their support through participation in the online activities and campaigns led by the Philippine Commission on Women to enhance their awareness on the social issues concerning Violence against Women as well as the rules and regulations under the Safe Spaces Act.