Issue of August 5, 2018
Mt. Province

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One week in November eyed for LGBT events in Baguio
by Gaby B. Keith / PIO

The city council is deliberating on a proposal that seeks to institutionalize the celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Week in Baguio every last week of November.

The proposal seeks to appropriate P100,000 from the city’s general fund for its implementation and for the activity to be included every year in the annual budget of the City Social Welfare and Development Office for expediency. 

The allocation may be adjusted accordingly to ensure the success of all the event’s activities.

Authored by Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, the proposed ordinance cites a statement of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) on non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression where they believe that “LGBT Filipinos continue to experience stigma, prejudice, and discrimination in Philippine society.”

Last year, the council adopted a measure prohibiting discrimination among residents on the basis of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, disability and age.

It aimed at  adopting a human rights-based approach for the elimination of all forms of discrimination to ensure full and effective equality of opportunity, participation, and inclusion in the society.

“Like the PAP, the city aligns itself with the global initiative to promote the wellbeing of LGBTs and it continues to be an advocate of gender equality by working towards crafting legislation that will oppose all public and private discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression,” the proposed ordinance stated.

It added that the city government, in coordination with LGBT groups, shall come up with regular and city-sponsored activities for local LGBTs aimed to celebrate their diversity and assert their rights focused in promoting solidarity and equality among the city’s LGBT community.

The proposed measure also creates a committee chaired by the mayor with the city social welfare and development officer as action officer to prepare activities for the week-long celebration.

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