GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1)— Safer streets and public places in the Philippines are closer to becoming a reality after a new law seeking to punish sexual harassment.

On Oct. 8, the Senate approved Senate Bill No. 1326 or the “Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017.”

According to reports, the bill seeks to punish public harassment such as catcalling, wolf-whistling, cursing, leering, groping and stalking.

The bill’s principal author, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, hailed the passing of the bill and called it a “major push back.”

She said, “At a time when sexism and misogyny seem to be the new normal, this is an important victory for all women and LGBT persons.”

The Senator also said she hopes the bill will lead to a behavioral change in Filipinos.

The bill lists light, medium and severe violations, with varying punishments.

Reportedly, the most severe is a ₱10,000 (nearly $185) fine and up to six months in jail.