THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has lauded local government units (LGUs) that passed measured promoting the rights of the LGBTQI community.

This was gleaned in a statement issued by CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia recently.

The local government of Carigara, Leyte and the city government of Roxas City are the latest local government units (LGUs) to pass measures promoting the rights of the LGBTQI members as well as protecting the sector from discrimination and harm.

"The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) appreciates the initiatives of these LGUs to mainstream the plight of the vulnerable LGBTQI and ensure a safe and enabling space in their respective jurisdiction,"

In Carigara, Leyte, the local government has issued a resolution promoting equal rights and condemning discrimination against the LGBTQI community.

The LGU also organized a concert in celebration of the Pride Month, which they intend to make an annual tradition.

Once session re-opens, they committed to craft an anti-discrimination ordinance.

Roxas City for its part has passed Ordinance No. 028-2022 to promote the rights and welfare of LGBTQI members, including the creation of the Roxas City Pride Council to monitor its implementation.

The CHR committed to address various violations against the LGBTQI community and facilitate assistance for victims of stigma and discrimination including legal representation, counseling, and psychological assistance.

CHR commended these local efforts that demonstrate concrete support and genuine acceptance for the LGBTQI community.

"During the pandemic, Manila, Bataan Province, Albay, Malolos City, and Pasig City also passed their version of anti-discrimination ordinances. We are hopeful of the increasing local support and look forward to more LGUs implementing their own equality and anti-discrimination measures," de Guia said.

The commission expressed hopes that the growing support for the sector in various areas in the country will pave the way for the passage of the pending Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression (SOGIE) Equality Bill.

The said bill is crucial in ensuring full recognition of equal rights and in increasing acceptance of persons of diverse SOGIE, according to the CHR.

"This will not only advance the rights of LGBTQI members but will enable the creation of a safe and empowering environment conducive for all," de Guia ended.