(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 17 April 2024) Easterlies affecting the country. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Butuan City advances in gender equality, Safe Spaces Act awareness

BUTUAN CITY --  In a concerted effort to raise awareness on Republic Act No. 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act and gender equality, key figures in Butuan City took significant steps through organized events and media engagements.

Kapihan on Safe Spaces Act

In the afternoon of March 25, the Butuan City Transportation and Traffic Management Department, led by Tina Cassion, organized a Kapihan event that featured a detailed discussion on the Safe Spaces Act. The chairperson of the Regional Gender and Development Committee (RGADC) Caraga, Regional Director Alexander A. Makinano, spoke extensively about the significance of the Act in promoting a safe and harassment-free environment in public spaces and transport systems. This session highlighted the law's emphasis on protecting individuals from gender-based sexual harassment in various public places, including streets, alleys, roads, sidewalks, public utility vehicles (PUVs), and even private vehicles serviced by app-based transport networks.

Makinano pointed out that the Safe Spaces Act strictly prohibits gender-based sexual harassment, covering a wide range of acts from catcalling and wolf-whistling to more severe forms such as stalking and making offensive gestures. The discussion underscored that the law aims to penalize any unwelcome sexual actions or remarks, with penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment, depending on the gravity of the offense.

Local initiatives and ordinances

In response to the discussions, Cassion revealed that a city ordinance is in the works to prescribe specific modifications in PUVs, particularly tricycles, to mitigate risks of sexual harassment. This move is part of the broader efforts to ensure safety and security for all passengers, highlighting the local government's commitment to enforcing the Safe Spaces Act.

Simultaneously, City Councilor Cherry May G. Busa called on officers of various transport associations to undertake gender sensitivity training, emphasizing the critical role of awareness and education in preventing gender-based harassment. This initiative aims to equip transport personnel with the necessary knowledge and skills to create a safer and more inclusive environment for commuters.

A collective effort towards harassment-free society

These activities in Butuan City underscored the collective efforts of government agencies, local governments, and civil society in ensuring the implementation of the Safe Spaces Act. By promoting awareness, education, and legal compliance, Caraga aims to foster a society where respect, dignity, and equality prevail, free from harassment and discrimination. (May Ann O. Escobal, CPD Caraga/Agusan del Norte)