Casiño welcomes anti-discrimination ordinances

PARTY list Rep. Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna) welcomed the passage of anti-discrimination ordinances in Quezon City and Cebu City saying that these are positive developments in lieu of the passage of his proposed Anti-Discrimination Bill.

The Quezon City Council on Monday passed an ordinance calling for the extension of medical, legal or psychological assistance to members of the LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders) community who fall victim to abuses, harassment and discrimination, through an existing crisis center for battered women and maltreated children. The new measure saw the need for a protection center which will cater not only to women but every person who suffered gender-based violence and abuse.

Meanwhile, the Cebu City Council on Wednesday passed a landmark ordinance that penalizes any form of discrimination against persons with disability (PWDs), different sexual preferences, ethnicity and religion. This is the first anti-discrimination policy in the country.

Rep. Casiño is the author of House Bill 1483, also known as the LGBT Rights bill, which is already at the Bicameral Committee and has been incorporated with other discrimination issues involving race, ethnicity, religion and others.

“I hope that other cities can legislate similar ordinances but it would be better if we have a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as contained in House Bill 1483,” the Makabayan senatorial bet added.

“LGBTs do not want nor claim additional “special” or “additional rights.” All they want are the same rights as those of heterosexual persons that are denied – either by current laws or practices – basic civil, political, social and economic rights,” Casiño said.

Like the consolidated bill in Congress, the Cebu City ordinance prohibits excluding, refusing or dismissing any person from public programs and services and educational institutions on the basis of disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and religion.

It also prohibits discriminating against any organization or group. It also makes it unlawful to deny medical and other health services, transportation and other facilities based on those biases.

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