A TECHNICAL working group (TWG) has been created to draft an anti-discrimination ordinance for minority groups in Cagayan de Oro City.
City Councilor Girlie Balaba earlier pushed for the passage of an ordinance that would penalize discriminatory acts based on gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
The TWG will be composed of the City Legal Office, the Oro Youth, Tingug Cagayan de Oro, Persons with Disabilities Act Affairs Office (PDAO), National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, among others.
“We will get inputs and data from these groups. We need to hear their ordeals so that we can include it in our ordinance,” she said.
Balaba pointed out that the ordinance is not similar to the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Equality (SOGIE). The anti-discrimination is comprehensive and covers all members of society who experienced discrimination.
One of the problems that the ordinance aims to address is the discrimination based on faith.
“Sa trabaho, dili ipasulod kay naka-hijab. Dili maka purchase ug balay based on faith gihapon. Religion ang kasagaran ang nagpahayag because they really experienced it right after the Marawi siege,” Balaba said.
“We just want equal opportunities for all, respect for all, because all people deserves equal protection from the law. Kitang tanan nanginabuhi, naningkamot, so mag-respetohay lang,” she added.