Implementation of the Report

Cebu leads the way in the Philippines in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and health status

On 17 October 2012, Cebu, a city in the southern part of the Philippines, set a historic precedence in the fight for equal rights among marginalized populations in the country with the passage of the anti-discrimination ordinance which is closely aligned with the Commission’s recommendations. Showing strong commitment to the principles of equality and human rights, the City Council of Cebu unanimously approved a local legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and health status (i.e. HIV), among others. Other local governments, such as Davao City and Albay Province, are also now considering similar anti-discrimination legislation.