DA-PCC ensures protection of safe spaces

The DA-Philippine Carabao Center ensures the protection of safe spaces through participating in the observance of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women on November 25 to December 12.

With the slogan “Filipino Marespeto; Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo,” this year’s campaign focuses on the Safe Spaces Act (SSA) or RA 11313 which defines and/or penalizes gender-based sexual harassment in the streets and public spaces, workplace, and educational and training institutions, and online.

“We, at the DA-PCC, ensure the protection of safe spaces and will continue to strengthen the agency’s GAD policies and programs in support of the VAW advocacy and safe spaces act. We also encourage our employees to be responsible and do their own part as an individual to protect safe spaces, empower gender fair workforce and observe gender fair language,” Aimee Fulgencio, DA-PCC Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person stated.

The agency participated through hanging of the 2021 18-Day Campaign to End VAW official streamers at the national headquarters and gene pool and regional centers, production and distribution of PCW-prescribed advocacy face mask to all PCC employees, use of the All-Women Cast Lupang Hinirang Video in activities and during Flag Raising Ceremony and uploading advocacy materials to the DA-PCC’s official website and social media accounts. Prior to the VAW campaign, the DA-PCC’s GAD Focal Point System (FPS) and technical working group (TWG) has conducted a gender mainstreaming assessment to assess the level of the agency’s efforts on GAD using Gender Mainstreaming Evaluation Framework (GMEF) tool. They also laid out plans and activities for the following years to develop gender-responsive policies and program, for a gender-sensitive institution.