There are a million ways to express admiration to women. Catcalling just isn't one of them.
As for those who still don't realize this, the local government of Quezon City has driven home the point by recently passing an ordinance against catcalling and other forms of street-level sexual harassment.
Fines ranging from P1,000 to P5,000 and jail terms of one day to one year await people who are caught violating the Gender and Development ordinance, which covers any form of direct and indirect contact offensive to women.
QC Administrator Aldrin Cuña explained, "Ang Quezon City ang kauna-unahang lungsod sa buong Pilipinas na nag-i-impose na ngayon ng fines, penalties, at pagkakulong sa sinumang taong mambabastos.
"Harassing a woman or a girl in public... catcalling, yung 'pagka-tinawag mong 'Ms. Beautiful,' 'pa-kiss', yan. 'Seksi mo', yan. Pag sa tingin at pakiwari ng babae ay siya ay nabastos, that is a light offense."
Mediums violations include stalking and inappropriate gestures, while physical contact and public "exhibition" (masturbation) are considered severe offenses.
The Women's Desk of any nearby police station is available for filing of complaints. The city's mayor, Herbert Bautista, is expected to sign the ordinance within the month for formal enforcement.
Here are the details of the proposed anti-sexual harassment act:
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