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OWWA CL officers, staff attend anti-sexual harassment forum
By: Marie Joy L. Simpao
Monday 10th of March 2014

CLARK FREEPORT, March 10 (PIA) -- Around 30 officers and staff who are members of the Gender and Development (GAD) Committee of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Central Luzon recently attended a forum on anti-sexual harassment.

 

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Zambales Officer-In-Charge Reynante Lugtu facilitated the undertaking, which was held in Clark Freeport.

 

“This forum is aimed at deepening the awareness and knowledge of our employees on sexual harassment issues and at the same time deter them in committing such both inside and outside the workplace,” OWWA Regional Information Officer Freya Palad explained.

 

Lugtu defined sexual harassment as “any sexual advances or demands committed by a person with authority, influence or moral ascendancy over another person which results to intimidating, hostile, offensive work / education / training environment for the victim,”

 

In addition, his discussion centered on the laws and issues on sexual harassment; as well as laws addressing violence against women which have employment-related provisions including Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004, and Republic Act 7877 known as the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and the Magna Carta of Women.

 

“VAWC Act of 2004, reiterates the different kinds of abuse that are likely committed to women and children within or outside the family home. Among these are physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering and economic abuse,” Lugtu furthered.

 

Lugtu also shared DOLE’s main concern of fighting sexual harassment in the work environment.

 

He also directed employers to create a Committee on Decorum and Investigation in the workplace, come up with an anti-sexual harassment policy and post copies of law / policy to make it known to all employees.

 

The activity is part of OWWA’s GAD Plan to promote gender-responsive governance, protect and fulfill the rights of women and promote economic and political empowerment. (CLJD/MJLS-PIA 3)

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