The lawmaker said that even the act of calling the special meal for nannies as a “yaya meal” is an “appalling and offensive display of discrimination considering the income and wealth inequality that continue to grip our country.”
The management of Balesin has released an official statement on the issue on Monday, saying that it does not tolerate discrimination and that the “yaya meal” is served only upon request of its members.
However, Gutierrez said that the practice of serving “yaya meal” in the resort is “tasteless.”
“Whether the act was done to discriminate intentionally or not, this tasteless practice and similar acts that engender differential treatments based on social status need to be stopped. We also urge zero-tolerance from the public to these kinds of practices,” he said.
In light of the controversial issue, the Akbayan representative urged Congress to enact its proposed anti-discrimination bill, which seeks to eliminate all forms of discriminatory practices against marginalized sectors based on factors such as sex, age, gender and socioeconomic status.
The proposed measure by Akbayan is House Bill 4488 or the “Equal Opportunity Bill.”
“We seek the support of Congress and the public to ensure the enactment of the bill, which is imperative in creating ‘equal opportunities’ for every individual, regardless of how the person looks, what he or she does in life or what group or identity the person ascribes to himself or herself,” the solon said. AC