MANILA, Philippines – Kanino ka nagkakagusto? Ano ang pakiramdam at tingin mo sa sarili mo? (To whom do you feel infatuation? What do you feel about yourself?)
These are two questions asked by the Quezon City Local Government Unit (LGU) of its employees in its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Profile survey, created in line with the 2014 QC Gender-Fair Ordinance in forming the Quezon City Transgender Employees and Gay Association (QC-TEGA).
“The purpose of the said list is for registration, profiling, and inclusion for the Quezon City Transgender Employees and Gay Association (QC-TEGA),” Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said in a memorandum acquired by Rappler, dated August 22.
Bautista requested all “heads of departments, offices, task forces, and units” to have all employees who belong to the LGBT to take the questionnaire, regardless of the employment agreement.
Profiling, under the memorandum, simply means making up a list of individuals who claim to belong to the group, free of the intention to enforce stereotypes as it would go against the ordinance. (READ: LGBT rights are human rights)
The QC TEGA will be assisting the QC Pride Council.
The former will represent LGBT individuals in the LGU of Quezon City, while the latter is the advises the Quezon City Council to create LGBT-friendly policy
The pride council is composed of QC top officials, including Bautista, and sectoral representatives.
Further, the QC TEGA will promote the 2014 QC Gender-Fair Ordinance in the government. (READ: The long road to an LGBT anti-discrimination law)
Under the 2014 Quezon City law, anyone who discriminates members of the LGBT community can be imprisoned from 60 days to a year. They may also be fined as much as P5,000.
Included in these are the following:
• Discrimination in Employment
• Discrimination in Education
• Discrimination in receiving goods and services
• Discrimination in living accommodation
• Verbal or non-verbal ridicule and vilification
• Harassment and unjust detention
Bautista asked the heads of the Quezon City LGU to submit their lists by September 15, 2017.
Read the whole ordinance here:
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.