Name-calling vs LGBTs prohibited in Laoag City Hall

Grace Alba, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 14 2017 02:43 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2017 01:23 PM

LAOAG CITY - To uphold the rights and human dignity of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the Office of the City Administrator of Laoag City released a memorandum directing all heads of offices and employees of the city not to use any derogatory words to address, call, and describe co-employees who are members of the LGBT community.

In a memorandum released by Laoag City Administrator John Michael Fariñas effective last July 11, all heads and employees are directed to strictly practice and to put it to heart a simple way of showing respect by not using the term "bakla", "tomboy", or "transgender" to address and/or describe persons of the LGBT community.

According to Farinas, this is in line with the city government's support to the LGBT community and the enactment of the anti-siscrimination bill into law.

Fariñas also stressed that he wants every employee of the city to practice and maintain respectful attitude or behavior towards everyone regardless of gender.

"I want my workplace to be respectful to everyone, may it be male, lalaki, babae, or the members of the LGBT community. Katulad nga nang sabi na we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Para sa akin, I want to start it in my workplace to be respectful and equal to everyone," he said.

It is also stated in the memorandum that if the person's gender preference is a he or she, the person should be called and treated in the proper way. 

Fariñas also said that even though the words " bakla", "tomboy" and others that are used to describe or call members of the LGBT have been used as acceptable and common or normal expressions or words still, these words are not allowed , be it a joke or not, to be used by all heads and employees when inside the city hall and when engaged in any community activities of the city government.

Any employee who violates this directive shall be charged administratively for conduct unbecoming, disrespect, and insubordination.