PRIDE MONTH. The City of Mabalacat, through its Office of Population, Gender and Development (PopGAD), celebrated Pride Month at a forum dubbed “LGBTQIA Rights Forum and Consultative Dialogue” in the Royce Hotel in the Clark Freeport area on Tuesday, June 21. (Mabalacat City Information Office)
The city government, through its Office of Population, Gender and Development (PopGAD), recently marked Pride Month by pushing for an anti-discrimination ordinance.
During his “LGBTQIA+ Rights Forum and Consultation Dialogue” at the Royce Hotel, PopGAD agent Charlo Costales and the Atty Human Rights Commission. Aloi Renz Santos discussed and presented the anti-discrimination ordinance for the city of Mabalacat, including the rights to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.
The anti-discrimination ordinance will be forwarded to the city council for review and approval.
According to the Deputy Director of the Commission on Population and Development – Region III, Adrenal Denver Monterona, local government units are responding by enacting its Anti-Discrimination Ordinance to uphold the rights and needs of people with diverse sexual orientations.
Monterona said the town of Mabalacat will soon be included in the list of LGUs to join the fight against discrimination once the anti-discrimination ordinance is issued and implemented.
“This Pride Month celebration is the first ever in Mabalacat. It’s a good small step for the city,” said Monterona.
“The commission on population and gender development stands as one with all of us in advocating for gender and development and its ideals,” he added.
Monterona said Filipino families must be empowered by recognizing all their needs and added that the main goal is to improve the quality of life and increase every Filipino’s share in socio-economic progress through families. well-planned, healthy, self-sufficient and resilient.
“In the family-oriented Filipino socio-cultural complex, a family includes not only those by blood but also by ties,” Monterona said.
“The voices of people like us, LGBTQIA+, are paving the way for change for their generation and beyond. Bearing in mind that our rights and needs are as important as others when it comes to improving the quality of life and increasing the share of progress,” he added.
Guests also posted their various pleas on the LGBTQIA+ Freedom Wall to show their support for the ongoing fight against discrimination, equal rights and abuse.