The Institute of Communication (iComm) of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences conducted an Anti-Sexual Harassment Seminar last May 20 at the St. Thomas Hall for the benefit of the incoming fourth year students.
Senior Advertising, Broadcasting, Communication, and Journalism students, who took their internship during the summer of the School Year 2015-2016, were equipped with the knowledge on how to battle sexual harassment in school and in work places during the said forum.
In his opening remarks, iComm director Assistant Professor Norberto D.Bana III, shared the seminar will empower the students to speak-up when they encounter sexual harassment.
Atty. Eugene Kho, an iComm professor teaching Laws of Mass Media and Media Ethics, served as the speaker of the said seminar. He expounded on what sexual harassment is, including its grounds and penalties, as he explained the Republic Act (RA) 7877.
RA 7877, also known as the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, aims to "value the value the dignity of every individual, enhance the development of its human resources, guarantee full respect for human rights, and uphold the dignity of workers, employees, applicants for employment, students or those undergoing training, instruction or education."
Kho explained that upon experiencing sexual harassment, a detailed and graphically explained statement and an affidavit with relevant information must be given to the company’s committee or the body responsible in handling such cases.
He also stressed that it is important for the students, who will soon be sent to the ‘real-world,’ to be careful with their actions inside the school and the work place to avoid sexual harassment.
"You have to be vigilant in facing this kind of situation," he said.