Belmonte says the Popular Council could be a way to lobby pro-LGBTQIA+ programs in the CQ

Belmonte Says The Popular Council Could Be A Way To Lobby Pro-Lgbtqia+ Programs In The Cq

By Rjhay E. Laurea

MANILA — Policies and programs that can elevate the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) people will only be possible if the aforementioned sectors organize themselves and have the courage to fight for their rights and gender equality.

This is the message from Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte as she encourages all LGBTQIA+ organizations in Quezon City to apply for accreditation from the city government and be part of the newly created People’s CQ Council (PCQC) and Pride Council. QC (QCPC).

“I really think governance is the people plus the government working together [My vision of governance is the people plus the government working together]”, highlighted Belmonte saying that LGBTQIA+ organizations can help a lot in guiding the city hall in the execution of appropriate projects and programs that benefit the sector.

Mayor Belmonte believes the newly created PCQC can be an avenue to lobby for pro-LGBTQIA+ policies and programs that the city should implement.

Belmonte Says The Popular Council Could Be A Way To Lobby Pro-Lgbtqia+ Programs In The Cq
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“You know the QC government launched the QC People’s Council. Second only to our city in Naga city. Where all sectors are truly encouraged to be a part of policymaking [You know, the QC government launched the QC People’s Council. Our city is next to Naga City who was the first to have one of these where we encourage all sectors to participate in policy-making]”, said Belmonte.

“And one of the sectors that we really want to encourage organizing and credentialing in our city so that they can be a part of the various councils and policy-making bodies in Quezon City is the LGBTQIA+ sector. [And one of the sectors that we encourage to organize and apply for accreditation to the city government, so they will be able to participate in different councils and policy-making bodies, is the LGBTQIA+ sector],” she added.

For his part, PCQC interim president Brian Lu hopes that the next PCQC officers, who will be elected later this year, will meet the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community.

“We thank the distinguished mayor (Belmonte) for recognizing the importance of the PCQC in promoting gender equality reforms in the city. We hope that the next group of industry representatives under the PCQC will continue what the current administration has started in terms of serving the LGBTQIA+ community, which is part of the 21 sectors represented in the PCQC,” Lu said.

The PCQC was created this year by virtue of SP-1942, S. 2009 or Ordinance on Participation, Responsibility and Transparency (PAT) which institutionalized the provision for popular participation provided for in the Local Government Code.

Accredited civil society organizations (CSOs) are automatically part of the PCQC. The accreditation authority is the City Council and the Barangay and Community Relations Department (BCRD) serves as the secretariat.

For the period 2019-2022, there are 2,232 accredited CSOs. Thirteen (13) of them belong to the LGBTQIA+ sector.

Renewal and re-application for accreditation for CSOs will be announced soon because the effectiveness of accreditation is co-terminus with the mandate of the city mayor.

Another council serving the needs of the LGBTQIA+ sector is the QC Pride Council, which was formed in 2013 with the aim of enforcing LGBTQIA+ rights and gender-based policies and programs for LGBTQIA+ individuals in Quezon City. (ai/mtvn)

Belmonte Says The Popular Council Could Be A Way To Lobby Pro-Lgbtqia+ Programs In The Cq

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