Akbayan Partylist lauds the House of Representatives (HOR) for unanimously passing the Safe Spaces bill which seeks to penalize gender-based harassment in public places on third and final reading on Monday.
"The time is up for catcallers. Once this will be signed into law, the Safe Spaces bill will provide protection for our family members from sexual harassers in public places," Akbayan partylist spokesperson Gio Tingson said.
The Safe Spaces bill, principally authored by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin, will go through the bicameral conference as the Senate passed its counterpart bill on October 2018.
"Women and LGBT+ advocates took action to shepherd this bill through both chambers. This is our solution to stop the alarming cases of our sisters and our children being harassed in the streets," Tingson said.
The bill seeks to punish catcalling and other forms of sexual harassment with penalties ranging from community service, imprisonment and fines up to PHP 500,000.###