MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro signed an anti-discrimination ordinance to ensure equal opportunities for the members of the lesbians, gays, transgenders, queers and other sectors (LGBTQ+).
The signing coincides with the 2019 Metro Manila Pride March and Festival held Saturday at the Marikina Sports Complex.
Under City Ordinance No. 065 or the “Anti-Discrimination Ordinance of Marikina City”, it seeks to give equal opportunities to all members of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Queers, Intersex, Asexuals, and plus (LGBTQIA+) community.
Section 6 of the ordinance mandates the creation of an Anti-Discrimination Council. It will be composed of the City Mayor, and eight other key officials of the city government, three of who are representatives of the LGBTQIA+.
Any person who would violate the ordinance will be penalized with not less than 60 days but not more than one year of imprisonment and/or a fine not less than P1,000, but not to exceed P5,000, or both at the discretion of the court.
Speaking before thousands of LGBTQIA+ members, Teodoro raised the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and signed it in front of them.
“Bilang pagpapakita ng aming suporta, sa araw na ito ay aking pipirmahan at ipapatupad ang Anti-Discrimination Ordinance na nagbibigay sa lahat ng pantay at parehong karapatan sa trabaho, edukasyon, tirahan, at mga serbisyo ng pamahalaan,” he said. “Walang sinuman sa basehan
ng kasarian, pinanggalingan, or pananampalataya ang tatanggihan o hindi tatanggapin.”
Teodoro said that through the ordinance, they institutionalized the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.
Teodoro urged other government officials, and local government units to stand for equality.
The mayor also said that the LGBTQIA+ should fight for their rights.
Marikina police chief Colonel Restituto Arcangel said the crowd at the event reached more than 50,000 despite the rain.