The Philippine Overseas Labor Office -Washington, D.C. (POLO-WDC) joined Filipinos worldwide in the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women and held a series of information, education and communication campaign in the United States and Caribbean Islands.
On November 25, POLO-WDC kicked off the campaign with the second installment of TAKETALK videos to equip OFWs with information on new and existing laws against VAWC such as the Safe Spaces Act and the VAWC Act of 2004. The videos also gave relevant information and necessary measures in seeking assistance. The information videos are uploaded in the POLO-WDC Youtube page.
On December 10, 2021 , POLO-WDC organized a webinar on Safe Spaces Act entitled, “Filipino Marespeto: Safe Spaces, Kasali Tayo” with guest speakers from the Philippine Commission on Women, Executive Director Kristine E. Yuzon-Chaves, and Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla of DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns on December 10, 2021. The speakers provided much need information on the application of the relevant laws combatting VAWC in the workplace, the communities, and even in the local government units. “Let us work towards reminding our LGUs that they have obligations under these existing laws”, POLO-WDC Labor Attaché Angela Librado-Trinidad shared during the webinar.
In conclusion, Consul General Iric C. Arribas encouraged everyone that, “the campaign to end violence does not end with the end of the 18-day campaign. We should always continue no matter how small the steps we take because this has been going on for so many years and it cuts across all sectors of society, age groups, and races. It should be a whole of society approach.”###