House bill seeks to criminalize discrimination-A A +A
Saturday, October 5, 2013
A PROPOSED legislation may outlaw discrimination in the country and impose severe sanctions to an individual who treats any other person less favorably on the basis of race, ethnic origin, and religion.
House Bill 401 or the "The Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act of 2013" presented by Tarlac Representative Susan Yap will impose six months imprisonment and a fine of not more than P100,000 to violators.
"The bill will avoid unnecessary prejudice and other forms of intolerance and give equal opportunity to each individual to achieve his full potential as a person and as a Filipino citizen," Yap said.
Yap said her proposed law seeks to lessen, if not eliminate cases of discrimination in society as it penalizes acts of discrimination, profiling, violence, and all forms of intolerance in employment, education, delivery of goods, facilities and services, accommodation, transportation, media, in search of investigatory activities, and in political, civil, cultural and social life on the basis of ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, disability and other status.
Under the measure, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is mandated to prevent or deter the commission of, and prosecute acts of discrimination and provide legal assistance to victims of discrimination.
The bill provides for the reparations to victims of discrimination, which includes restitution, compensation and rehabilitation.
It also creates an Equal Opportunity Committee in all agencies, corporations, companies and educational institutions both private and public, which shall have administrative jurisdiction over cases involving discrimination. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)