Davao’s anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion law to be ex­panded to in­clude health sta­tus

Business World - - THE NATION - Carmelito Q. Fran­cisco and Car­mencita A. Car­illo

DAVAO CITY’s anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion or­di­nance will get re­vamped with the in­clu­sion of health-re­lated is­sues such as Hep­ati­tis B. The ex­ist­ing City Or­di­nance 1417-12 pro­hibits and pe­nal­izes dis­crim­i­na­tion based on sex, gen­der, iden­tity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, race, color, de­scent, na­tional or eth­nic ori­gin and re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion or be­liefs. Coun­cilor Mary Joselle D. Vil­la­fuerte, a doc­tor who chairs the coun­cil com­mit­tee on health, said they have re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints about work­ers get­ting dis­crim­i­nated or even ter­mi­nated be­cause of their ill­nesses. “There is a need to amend the said or­di­nance to in­clude dis­crim­i­na­tion on the ba­sis of health sta­tus so that it is in­cluded in the acts pe­nal­ized for dis­crim­i­na­tion. No one should dis­crim­i­nate any­body or stop ac­cept­ing em­ploy­ment based on health sta­tus, there are com­pa­nies mak­ing Hepa B test­ing manda­tory. It has to stop,” she said dur­ing Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

COUN­CILOR Mary Joselle D. Vil­la­fuerte, chair of the com­mit­tee on health (left), and Dr. Mar­i­lyn O. Ar­guil­las of Davao Doc­tors Hos­pi­tal dis­cuss health-re­lated is­sues for in­clu­sion in Davao City’s anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion law.

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