AFTER its approval in the City Council of Davao, the anti-discrimination ordinance was finally transmitted to the City Hall.
Council secretary Charito Santos said both the resolution and the ordinance were forwarded to the executive department last February 5 for Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio's final approval.
Santos said that under the rules, the city mayor is given 10 days to approve or disapprove an ordinance after it has been transmitted to the City Hall.
After expiration of 10 days and the mayor has not acted upon the ordinance, the measure is considered approved, or has lapsed into law.
The local lawmaking body approved on December 12 the anti-discrimination ordinance, which will give people of Davao City equal treatment regardless of sex/gender, identity, sexual orientation, race, color, descent, nationality or ethnic origin and religious affiliations of beliefs.
Meanwhile, Lawyer Marlisa A. Gallo, RSW of City Legal Office (CLO), said they are still in the process of reviewing the approved ordinance.
In an interview, Gallo said the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the ordinance are yet to be crafted only after its publication.
Under the anti-discrimination ordinance, any person liable shall be punished by admonition and a fine of P1,000 for the first conviction. For a second conviction, there will be a penalty of P2,000 and 10 days imprisonment for the guilty party at the discretion of the court.
For the third conviction, or any conviction after two previous convictions the guilty party will be fined P5,000 and imprisonment of 15 days. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)