A lawmaker vowed to protect the rights of any person treated less favorably on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliations or beliefs.
Tarlac Rep. Susan Yap said in a press statement House Bill 401 seeks to address discrimination nationwide and to create an effective and comprehensive legal framework to fight this social ill.
“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.
She said the bill seeks to reduce, if not eliminate, cases of discrimination by penalizing 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.
The measure also aims to instill in the youth the value of respect for identity, affiliation, status and preferences of other people by including in the curriculum of primary to tertiary public and private schools discussions on ethnicity, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, disability or other status.
Under the proposed Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act of 2013, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is mandated to prevent or deter and prosecute acts of discrimination and provide legal assistance to victims of this malaise.
The bill provides for discri-mination victims reparation including restitution, compensation and rehabilitation.