(17 December 2021, Singapore) – The Philippine Embassy in Singapore, in collaboration with Rated J, an online public affairs program, and Atty. Richard Siaw of the law firm, R.S. Solomon LLC, held a talk titled “Karapatan ng Kababaihan: Mga batas para sa proteksyon ng mga kababaihan sa Singapore” on 11 December 2021 (Saturday).
The talk is one of the activities organized by the Embassy to commemorate the annual 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women. It was streamed live on Rated J’s Facebook page.
The focus of this year’s Campaign is the Safe Spaces Act (SSA or Republic Act 11313) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. The Embassy has shared in its website and Facebook page the digital materials (bit.ly/sgpe_vaw_digitalmaterials) developed by the Philippine Commission on Women which highlight the salient features of the law.
The Embassy organized the talk to remind the Filipino community of the laws and regulations of Singapore that define, penalize and deter violence against women. Atty. Siaw discussed Singapore’s Women’s Charter and Protection from Harassment Act, as well as the relevant features of the Penal Code in relation to the common offenses against women in Singapore such as outrage of modesty, voyeurism, prostitution and abuse of household service workers. The full interview with Atty Siaw may be viewed here https://fb.watch/9Qlhue5jgG/.
Atty. Siaw also emphasized that Singapore takes a strong stance on offenses that threaten the safety of the community, especially sexual crimes perpetrated against men, women and children. He mentioned that the Singapore Court, recognizing that household service workers are inherently vulnerable and prone to abuses, can mete out enhanced punishment to those found guilty of abusive actions.
The Embassy strongly encourages kababayans to cooperate fully with the Singapore Police Force (SPF) by reporting cases of abuse and violence. The SPF can be reached through its hotline 999 or by sending a text message to 71999.