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Anti-Discrimination Ordinance passed

in PHILIPPINES, 30/04/2013

Discrimination against any person due to gender, disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion is a prohibited act in Bacolod City that entails a penalty of P5,000 and or imprisonment of not more than one year depending upon the discretion of the court.

This was stressed by Councilor Em Ang, author of the ordinance that was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last Tuesday, as she claimed that the law intends to promote equality among the people of Bacolod and eliminate all forms of discrimination. Ang said the implementation of the ordinance seeks to eliminate discrimination and abuse and ensure equality among all sectors of society including the protection of the rights of persons with disability, senior citizens, women and children. It also aims to promote gender consciousness, she added.

“Stigma and discrimination is still very much prevalent especially with persons with disability, senior citizens, children, youth, people living with HIV, women, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and people with different spiritual faith,” Ang said.
She said that listed under discriminatory acts are denying a person access to any social or health program and service, and admission to an educational institution, or imposing expulsion.

Also considered as violations are to use disability, age, health status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and religion in the criteria for hiring, promotion and dismissal of workers and in determining employee’s compensation, including the terms and conditions of employment unless otherwise necessary and inherent with the position.This was stressed by Councilor Em Ang, author of the ordinance that was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod last Tuesday, as she claimed that the law intends to promote equality among the people of Bacolod and eliminate all forms of discrimination.

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