PHilMech GFPS leads the promotion of safe spaces

by Noel S. Mariano Jr. (December 10, 2021)

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"At the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PHilMech), we advocate for the elimination of violence against women. We support the cause to make our community and our society VAW-free. Moreover, we commit and pledge to build a community that is free from gender-based sexual harassment (GBSH) in compliance to the Safe Spaces Act," Director IV Dr. Baldwin G. Jallorina said in his inspirational message during the opening program of the 18-Day campaign to end violence against women.

To further promote awareness among all employees, PHilMech GAD focal point system organized lectures on Safe Spaces Act, Violence Against Women and Children, and Gender-based Sexual Harassment in the workplace on December 6, 2021.

The agency invited resource persons from the Philippine National Police in Science City of Muñoz.

Police Corporal Jonie Joy L. Aggabao discussed the topic on RA11313 (also known as Safe Spaces Act) while Police Staff Sergeant Liezl U. Febrero focused on how to prevent and respond to VAWC and GBSH cases.

Engr. Genaro M. Tolentino, Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) Chairperson also discussed the function of the committee in relation to GBSH in the workplace such as the steps and protocols on addressing and filing of cases.

It is worth noting that the GFPS pledged to do their part in making all spaces safe during the first day of the campaign.

During the virtual program, employees adopted he virtual background of the campaign to show support to the campaign.

PHilMech "oranged" its premises with orange ribbons and banners. It also uploaded safe spaces act posters on PHilMech’s social media pages as support to the campaign and to promote awareness to a large audience about the said act.

The event as well highlighted the song "Ginang at Dilag," the agency's entry to the Musikjuana songwriting contest organized by Philippine Commission for Women.

The song was written by PHilMech employee Raymund Joseph P. Macaranas and it was performed together with Mildred G. Cariaga during the event.

The campaign is observed from November 25 to December 12 of every year but PHilMech ensures that the protection of safe spaces will continue until every woman and every child is protected from all acts of violence.