Gov't launches national anti-discrimination program

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2019 05:56 PM

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets a member of the LGBT Pilipinas, Inc. during the thanksgiving gathering he hosted at the Malacañan Palace on December 17 ,2019. Karl Norman Alonzo, Presidential Photo

MANILA- The government has launched a national Diversity and Inclusion Program which aims to address the discrimination of persons, as President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community in Malacañang.

Duterte, through Executive Order No. 100, signed on Tuesday but made public only Thursday, which creates the Inter-Agency Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to lead the government's anti-discrimination program.

The committee, chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and is co-chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is tasked to form the national program in consultation with the Commission on Human Rights, Civil Service Commission, and different advocacy groups.

Duterte's order seeks to address discrimination of persons on the basis of age, disability, national or ethnic origin, language, religious affiliation or belief, political affiliation or belief, health status, physical features, and sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Under Duterte's order, the national inclusion program should cover laws and issuances against the discrimination of persons.

The program must include guidelines for orientation and training for diversity management and should outline mechanisms for accountability as well as a process for addressing discrimination-related complaints.

It should also contain a framework for agencies to identify and eliminate barriers to equal opportunities in education, recruitment, and promotion of personnel.

Local government units meanwhile are urged to promote programs on diversity and inclusion in their respective areas. 

Read Duterte's full Executive Order here:

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