By Anthony Giron
Trece Martires City, Cavite – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) or Provincial Board has approved an ordinance that will protect LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) from discrimination.
The measure, “An Ordinance Upholding and Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Every Citizen Regardless of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression in the Province of Cavite,’ protects LGBT individuals from all forms of discrimination in terms of employment, education, accommodation and services, among others.
Vice Governor and SP Presiding Officer Ramon Jolo Revilla III and Board Member-Sector Representative Kerby J. Salazar have sponsored the ordinance.
The other board members are co-sponsors.
Salazar is the chairman of the Committees on Industrial Peace Labor and Employment and Rules and Good Government.
Cavite is touted to have the biggest LGBT population in Luzon, being the most populous province in the area.
A source at the Cavite Population Commission office surmised that there are about 400,000 LGBTs out of the province’s estimated population of 4.3 million.
The Cavite LGBT discrimination and rights-protection ordinance underwent deliberation and public hearing before it was approved by the provincial board.
The proposal specifies that any person found guilty of discriminating the LGBT would be fined, or went to jail or both, at the discretion of the court.