Nondiscrimination Policy

Becase Welcomes and Respects Regardless of Background

Being an online platform for people wanting to offer their accommodations means that at Becase, service to others is an integral part of what we do. In Becase, we offer accommodations for everyone, and we mean everyone. Because one of Becase’s aims is to make it easier for people to find accommodations wherever they want to or need to go, we recognize sharing meaningful experiences through diversity as one of our goals in the platform. Thus, we intend to make a special section so our Members and Hosts will always know that we intend to forever provide quality accommodations with no boundaries here in Becase.

With that goal in mind, Becase is committed to building a platform where people from every background can feel welcome and respect. Our shared commitment to our Members and Hosts ensures that everyone, no matter where they are, where they come from, what their preferences are, what their beliefs are, what they believe in, and their ideals, are welcome. We Filipinos are known to be very welcoming people, so with that welcoming spirit in mind, we extend our gratitude towards our Hosts for ensuring that every Guest that they have feels welcome staying in the accommodation.

We like to differentiate ourselves from other platforms similar to ours, by pushing for a culture that promotes empathy and understanding across different cultures. This is why we will strictly fight against all forms of unlawful bias, discrimination, and hate that may happen in our site. Thus, we ask for all of our Members and Hosts to abide with this policy to ensure that everyone feels welcome everywhere.

Philippine Guide On Nondiscrimination of Persons of Race, Color Ethnicity, National Origin, Religion, Sexual Orientation, or Marital Status

Before we delve into our policies regarding Nondiscrimination, Becase wishes to define certain terms for the benefit of the readers, and for a uniform understanding of the important terms that we are going to use in this policy, and their meanings.

  1. ‘Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as a ‘prejudiced outlook, action, and treatment of other people. Discrimination is categorizing people without regard for their own self-worth. By treating people differently based on their external features rather than their intellect or behavior, you are committing Discrimination. The act of Discriminating against others is called ‘Discriminatory’, and that is the word that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  2. Nondiscrimination, in contrast to discrimination, is defined in this policy as the ‘absence or avoidance of exhibiting a prejudiced outlook, action, and treatment of other people’. Nondiscrimination is categorizing people with regard for their self-worth. By treating people differently based on their intellect and behaviour, you are committing Nondiscrimination. The act of Nondiscriminating against others is called ‘Nondiscriminatory’, and that is the word that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination Policy.
  3. ‘Racial Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of individuals based on their race’. As a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people belonging to other races, thus, by judging them on the basis of their race, you are committing Racial Discrimination. The act of racially discriminating against others on the basis of their race is called ‘Racism’, and that is the word that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  4. ‘Color Ethnicity Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of individuals based on meanings or ideologies attached to their skin color’. As a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people having different shades of skin color, thus, by judging them on the basis of their skin color, you are committing ‘Color Ethnicity Discrimination’. The act of discriminating against others on the basis of their skin color is called ‘Colorism’, and that is the word that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  5. ‘Xenophobia’ is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of people from other countries’. As a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people who hail from different nations or regions, thus, by judging them on the basis of their country or region of origin, you are committing ‘National Origin Discrimination’. The act of racially discriminating against others on the basis of their place of origin is called ‘Xenophobia’, and is the word that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  6. 'Religious Discrimination' is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of people from other religious backgrounds or religious upbringings’. Although we understand that the Philippines is predominantly a Catholic nation, as a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people who hail from different nations or regions, thus, by judging them on the basis of their religious background or religious upbringing, you are committing ‘Religious Discrimination’. The act of discriminating against others on the basis of their place of origin is called ‘Religious Discrimination’, and is the term that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  7. 'Sexual Orientation Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of people who have other sexual orientations or sexual preferences. As a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people who have different sexual orientations or sexual preferences, thus, by judging them on the basis of their sexual orientation or sexual preference, you are committing ‘Sexual Bias’. The act of discriminating against others on the basis of their sexual orientation or preferences is called ‘Sexual Bias’, and is a term that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  8. ‘Marital Status Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as the ‘dislike, prejudice, or discrimination, of people who have a different marital status’. As a country that is visited by many different nationalities for various reasons, most hosts will come into contact with people who have different marital status, thus, by judging them on the basis of their marital status, you are committing ‘Marital Status Discrimination’. The act of discriminating against others on the basis of their marital status is called ‘Marital Status Discrimination’, and is the term that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  9. ‘Gender Discrimination’ is defined in this policy as the ‘preferential treatment or bias towards people of a certain gender’. In the world today, there are many instances of gender discrimination, and though this form of discrimination has lessened somewhat, it is still prevalent. If your accommodation or your treatment of your guest is more preferential or inclined towards a certain gender than another, then you are committing ‘Gender Discrimination’. The act of discriminating against a particular gender is called 'Gender Discrimination’, and is the term that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination policy.
  10. ‘Persons with Disability’, or ‘PWD’, is defined in this policy as ‘individuals who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which, with interacting with various barriers, may hinder their full, active, and equal participation in society’. A lot of individuals, both from the Philippines and abroad have at least one kind of disability, and as such, these individuals may face various obstacles in society. Becase accommodations should not be one of the various obstacles that they should face, and so we encourage Hosts to inform in the description whether there places are suitable for Persons with Disabilities or not. Discriminating against Persons with disabilities is called ‘Ableism’, and is a term that will be used to define this in the Nondiscrimination Policy.

These nine (9) significant terms all constitute the various Becase definitions of the terms above, and all nine (9) terms will be used within this Nondiscrimination policy where appropriate. The amount of definitions listed here may increase or decrease depending on the needs of this Nondiscrimination Policy.

All Becase Hosts are prohibited from:

  • Declining a member’s booking because of their race, color due to ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • Impose any different terms or conditions that will particularly disadvantage or advantage people because of their race, color due to ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.
  • Post a listing, make a comment, or communicate with prospective Guests, any desire or preference to deny them or other people an opportunity to stay in the accommodation due to their race, color due to ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or marital status.

Gender:
Becase Hosts may not:

  • Decline to rent to a prospective Guest because of their gender.
    • An exemption to this rule is if the listing’s living space is to be shared with the prospective Guest. Because it may cause discomfort should living spaces be shared, Hosts are free to decline prospective Guests of certain genders should they also be living in the accommodation that they are offering.
  • Alter the terms and conditions of the listing because of the prospective Guests’ gender.
    • An exemption to this rule is if the listing’s living space is to be shared with the prospective Guest. Because it may cause discomfort should living spaces be shared, Hosts are free to specify which genders are permitted to book in their Terms and Conditions if that is the case.
  • Alter the discrimination of the listing in a such a way that a preference of the Host for a specific gender is emphasized.
    • An exemption to this rule is if the listing’s living space is to be shared with the prospective Guest. Because it may cause discomfort should living spaces be shared, Hosts are free to mention in the listing’s description which genders are allowed, or given preference to stay in the accommodation.
Becase Hosts may:
  • Make units available to the Host’s gender and not the other genders.
    • As sharing accommodations with prospective Guests of other genders may make the Host feel uncomfortable, Hosts are free to restrict unit occupancy to people of the same gender as the Host, should Host be sharing their living space with the prospective Guest.

Disability:
Becase Hosts may not:

  • Decline a pro pective Guest’s offer to rent their accommodation because of their disabilities.
  • Decline a prospective Guest’s offer to rent their accommodation because they perceive the Guest to have a disability.
  • Alter their Terms and Conditions because of the prospective Guest’s disability or perceived disability.
  • Make their own judgment on whether their accommodation can be used by prospective Guests with a disability without first consulting the opinion of the prospective Guest with disability.
  • Substitute a prospective Guest with disabilities’ opinion on the accommodation with their own opinion.
  • Inquire about the existence and/or severity of a prospective Guest’s disability.
    • Prospective Guests should be the one to initiate any discussions made regarding their own disability. Hosts are there to discuss whether or not the accommodation can potentially meet the needs of the prospective Guest, as well as offer alternatives or recommendations if available.
  • Inquire with the prospective Guest as to the means that they employ to accommodate their disability.
    • Should prospective Guests choose to raise or mention their disability though, it is the responsibility of the Host to discuss whether or not the accommodation can potentially meet the needs of the prospective Guest, as well as offer alternatives or recommendations if available.
  • Prohibit or limit the use of ‘Mobility Aid’. The devices that fall under Mobility Aid
    include, but are not limited to:
    1. Walking Aids in all their forms: (Cane, Crutches, Devices that Combine Canes, Crutches, and Forearm Crutches, Walkers, Walker Cane Hybrid, Gait Trainers, and Others)
    2. Seated Walking Scooters
    3. Wheelchairs
    4. Walking Aid Scooters
    5. Stairlifts and Similar Devices (only applicable should Accommodation have Stairlifts and Similar Devices available for use)
    6. Other Similar Mobility Aid Devices
      • Additionally, it is the responsibility of the Host during their discussions on Accommodation suitability, to mention to prospective Guests if they have Mobility Aid Devices available to aid the prospective Guest.
  • Charge more with rent and fees for Prospective Guests with disabilities.
  • Post any listing, make any statement, or express while negotiating with the prospective Guest that they prefer having Guests with no Disabilities to stay in the accommodation.
  • osting a listing, making a statement, or expressing while negotiating with the Prospective Guest that they prefer having Guests with Disabilities to stay in the accommodation.
  • Refuse to communicate to prospective Guests with available ways that are more accessible to both parties. These alternative methods of communication may be:
    1. Text messaging (if applicable)
    2. E-mails
    3. Messaging Applications
    4. Relay Operators
    5. Telephone Calls (if applicable)
    6. And Other similar communication methods
  • Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations to prospective Guests with disabilities when asked to make modest changes. Examples of these may be:
    1. Assistance Animals
    2. Nearer Parking Slots
    3. PWD-only Parking Slots
    4. Others
      • It is the obligation of the host to engage in mutually agreeing discussion with the prospective Guest to help them make their stay in the Host’s accommodation more pleasant.

Becase Hosts May:

  • When prompted by prospective Guests with Disability, Hosts are permitted to share factually accurate information about their Accommodation with prospective Guests so that the Guests may decide for themselves whether they Accommodation would fit their needs or not.

Personal Preference:
Becase Hosts May:

  • Decline factors that are not based on, or will not violate any law. Some factors that may or may not be allowed depending on the Host include:
    1. Smoking within the premises of the Accommodation
    2. Maximum amount of occupants allowed in the Accommodation
    3. Amount of visitors allowed in the Accommodation
    4. Pets in the Accommodation
    5. Other similar factors
      • As these factors are not closely associated with any particular protected class or civil right law, Hosts are free to place these restrictions in their accommodations.This, however, should be mentioned to any prospective Guests through the listing’s description.
  • Should Hosts living in a shared space may have special diets due to health restrictions, religious restrictions, or out of choice, Guests who choose to stay at their accommodation are required to respect their limitations on types of food that can be consumed. This should be mentioned to any prospective Guests through the listing’s description.
  • Though you as a Host are free to place as many restrictions as you like, The Dayo platform urges you to keep your restrictions in a place reasonable. Although your reasons for placing restrictions may be legal and legitimate, it not only may exclude you from having certain Guests, but it may also make prospective Guests feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Thus, we urge you to keep your restrictions to a level that is mutually agreeable with everyone, and we also urge you to mention these restrictions to any prospective Guest in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner. As mentioned in our Terms of Service, acting rude and aggressive to prospective Guests is an action that’s not welcome in our community, and so any complaints made by Guests about your behavior will be dealt with accordingly by us.

Non-compliance of the Nondiscrimination Policy

  • One of our primary goals with the Becase platform is to create a world-class Filipino accommodation booking service where everyone feels welcome. This is why we place a huge importance on this Nondiscrimination Policy. In line with this sentiment, we will ensure that this Nondiscrimination Policy is complied with by enforcing the Platform thoroughly and by addressing complaints as swiftly as possible. We urge our Hosts to always maintain a civil and respectful tone throughout their usage of the site, as whatever listings or comments that they post may be viewed randomly by a site administrator.
  • Should Hosts or Members post degrading or offending comments on any part of the site, they will be asked by us to remove the offending or degrading comments and will be made to review Becase’s Terms of Service again. They may also be asked to send us proof signifying that they fully understand the contents of the Terms of Service. However, repeat offenders may face stricter punishment, up to and including suspending them from the site.
  • Should Becase platform find out that Hosts are rudely treating, harassing, or discriminating on Guests who stay at their accommodation, and/or choose to refuse them service by asking them to leave the accommodation prematurely, Becase will take steps to ensure that this policy is strictly enforced, up to and including the suspension of the Host from the platform.
  • As the community grows, we will continue to strictly enforce this policy, as we wish for all Members and Guests to feel welcome to the site. This is what both we and the public expect for the site.