Mayor Belen Fernandez has underscored the significance of just and fair treatment to all people despite their gender preferences during the celebration of Pride Month conducted by officials and employees of the Hall of Justice in Bonuan Gueset on June 13 side by side with their flag-raising ceremony.
The local chief executive highlighted the city government’s program to empower members of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community in Dagupan with the establishment of the Dagupan Lesbians and Gays Association (DALAGA) led by its president Marvin Sabado, which has been effectively participating in various events such as the Bangus Festival’s Gilon, Gilon Street Dancing Competition and other Unliserbisyo activities.
Calling them as active soldiers, Mayor Fernandez also bared her plan to propose a law to give way for the national government policy on protecting the LGBTQIA+ community through the assistance of the judicial department and prosecution services.
“This will serve as my legacy to the LGBTQIA+ community to put them into a high level of dignity and respect,” she said.
The mayor likewise mentioned the importance of commemorating the 125th Anniversary of Philippine Independence last June 12 and announced the culmination of the 75th Diamond Year of Dagupan on June 20 this year.
The Manlingkor Ya Kalangweran young city officials were likewise presented during the event prior to their oath-taking at the E-Library and turnover to their respective offices.
Executive Judge Merlito Samadan, City Prosecutor Atty. Vicky Cabrera, Public Attorney’s Office Chief Atty. Cresencio dela Cruz, judges and assistant city prosecutors welcomed Mayor Fernandez and the city government team to the event composed of City Local Government Operations Officer Royolita Rosario, City Legal Officer Atty. Aurora Valle, City Health Officer Dr. Ophelia Rivera, General Services Officer Engr. Camilo Cayabyab and City Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff and GAD Focal Person Atty. Cattleya de Guzman.
(Dagupan CIO News)