Binay files bill to protect women

SEN. Nancy Binay has sought a law establishing the Address Confidentiality Program to provide women and children who were victims of violence additional protection and assistance.

She filed Senate Bill 1827 which aims to create the Address Confidentiality Program to provide “a substitute address” in public records for victims of violence.

Under the bill, the victims will be given substitute address that they can use when interacting with government agencies “to keep their actual address confidential and free from the risk of discovery by third parties.”

“Women and children who have reported to be victims of violence require additional protection and deserve the right to live a normal life,” Binay said.

The senator said Republic Act 9262 or the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004 was enacted into law to protect women and children from violence and threats.

“However, violence against women and children continue to increase in spite of the ongoing campaigns and programs of the government,” Binay said.

“The program participants application and its supporting materials are not public records and shall be kept confidential by the DoJ (Department of Justice),” she said.

Any DoJ employee who will disclosed the name, residential or mailing address of a program participant will be imprisoned for one year and will be fined P500,000.

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