While the anti-gender discrimination bill is being discussed in the Senate, Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has reaffirmed the city’s commitment to recognize the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community.
“Here in Quezon City, they are most welcome. We are the most LGBT-friendly city for we have an ordinance in place that recognizes their rights- the rights to receive services the same as everybody else’s right,” said VM Joy, an advocate of gender equality and long-time LGBT supporter.
Quezon City’s local equivalent of the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression” Equality Bill authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros comes in the form of an ordinance expanding the 2003 QC Ordinance No. 1309 or “Gender-Fair City”, which protects LGBT rights in the workplace, in schools, in accommodations and in accessing basic services.
Approved in 2014, the ordinance also legislates affirmative acts for the cause like, adding gender options for sexual orientation or genders in forms, putting up unisex lavatories in workplaces, conducting gender-sensitivity training, disseminating anti-discrimination materials in schools, workplaces and communities, and commemorating LGBT events in the city.
Councilor Mayen Juico, who authored the “Gender-Fair City” ordinance, also recently led the passing of a resolution in support of House Bill 2952 which seeks to put up LGBT Help and Protection Desks in police stations.
OK sa Deped
Mayor John Rey Tiangco, together with officials of Navotas Schools Division Office, led the launching of the Oplan Kalusugan sa Department of Education (OK sa DepEd).
The program focuses on major school health programs including the School-Based Feeding Program, National Drug Education Program, Adolescent Reproductive Health Education, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools, and medical, dental, and nursing services. “Every year, the city government endeavors to improve the health services we provide through our health centers and the Navotas City Hospital. It is important that we take care of ourselves and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This will ensure that we remain active and productive.” he said.
Navotas’ Internship Program
Mayor Tiangco congratulated the 18 Navoteño youth who completed their three-month internship under the Navotas City Council for Youth Development. Encouraging other youths in the city to follow suit, the mayor advised the new ‘graduates’ to maintain a strong work ethic for their own interest in the long run.
Meanwhile, the Navoteño elderly have been urged to learn how to keep themselves safe during calamities. In the disaster preparedness forum held by the Office of Senior Citizens’ Affairs and the United Bayanihan Foundation Inc. Tiangco said it’s important to be ready to ensure safety. – GOOD RIDDANCE NI ARLIE CALALO