Isko Moreno Sign an Ordinance Pushing Anti-Discrimination in Manila
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has officially signed an ordinance that pushes anti-discrimination against LGBTQ residents.
The local government of Manila has passed the ordinance that penalizes discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) in the city.
Isko Moreno signed Ordinance No. 8695 or the “Manila LGBTQI Protection Ordinance of 2020.” The ordinance now prohibits any acts of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers in the city of Manila. Violators would be fined up to P3,000 or face imprisonment of up to one year.
Manila Gender Sensitivity and Development Council will also be created to oversee the implementation of local law and include programs for the LGBTQI community. In addition, each barangay in the city is also instructed to set up an LGBTQI desk that will receive complaints for violating the ordinance.
Mayor Isko said in his Facebook live that this is the first time the local legislative body of the city and local chief executive recognized the value and contribution of the LBTQI community to art, business, and government. So Isko claimed Manila has made history.
“Nais namin iparamdam sa inyo na patuloy ang pagkilala at pagkagalang at pag-unawa ng inyong pamahalaang lungsod na dito sa Maynila, walang mahirap, walang middle class, walang mayaman, walang bakla, walang tomboy, walang lalaki, walang babae. Lahat ay mamamayan ng lungsod ng Maynila. Sa Maynila, pantay-pantay,” Moreno said.
“Ngayon, magiging opisyal na, mapapanagot na natin ang mga indibidwal na mababaw ang pang-unawa sa ating mga kapwa batang Maynila. No harm will come to you while I’m mayor of Manila,” he added.
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