Student leaders of the University of the Philippines- Diliman (UPD), Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU), University of Sto. Tomas (UST) and De La Salle University-College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB) with Akbayan Partylist nominee Gio Tingson unite  to urge for the passage of the Safe Spaces Act into law.

“Ang mga paaralan ay institutions of learning, hindi institutions of lurking, stalking or catcalling,” said Gio Tingson.

“Seryoso ang Akbayan Partylist sa pagtiyak na ang mga paaralan ay Safe Spaces laban sa sexual harassment. Mumultahan ang mga school heads na hindi nag-iimplement ng mga responsibilidad nila sa batas,” Tingson said.

“24 years old na ang Anti-Sexual Harassment Law of 1995. Noong ito ay pinasa noon, wala pang social media, wala pang camera ang mga cellphone at iba pa ang kultura at estado ng mga babae at LGBT,” UP Diliman Councilor Pat Nicdao said.

“Kailangan ng malagdaan at maging batas ang Safe Spaces Act, para mas mabigyan ng proteksyon ang mga estudyante. Pirma na lang po ang kulang ng maging ganap na safe space ang mga campuses natin sa Pilipinas,” Rachel Contreras of Akbayan Youth said.

The student leaders and Akbayan nominee Gio Tingson held giant jigsaw puzzle pieces containing provisions in the law that will keep public spaces safe: 

1. Tougher penalties and jail time for sexual harassers

2. Bawal Bastos policies in schools

3. Make restaurants and bars partners vs Sexual Harassment

4. Make students safe in public transport

5. Anti-sexual Harassment should be taught in schools

The student leaders will highlight how the law will mandate all schools to implement policies to combat sexual harassment. The law will also slap tougher penalties against sexual harassers.

The Safe Spaces Act has been ratified in both House of Representatives and the Senate. ###