February 3, 2016: Manila, Philippines — To advance the discussion on LGBT rights in the Philippines, the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce—the country’s first industry organization of businesses of, by, and for the LGBT in the Philippines, will rally the presidentiables in a discussion on February 13 in Impact Hub Manila, Green Sun, Makati.
The event #LGBTVotePH aims to provide a platform for the candidates to meet the key LGBT organizations in the Philippines and discuss their platforms and agenda regarding #LGBT issues
“We acknowledge that the next President will play a great responsibility in advancing the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community here in the Philippines,” says Brian Tenorio, Chair of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Ultimately, we as a community wish to ultimately support the candidate who will champion our advocacy.”
General researched estimates on the population of LGBT in various populations range from 1% to 10% to wildly even 20%. Even if one takes the very conservative lower figure from these estimates, there is a strong and pervasive multiplier effect in the sociable Philippine context.
This multiplier effect means that most LGBT individuals may have family members, friends, colleagues who are sympathetic to LGBTs and may also support policies and actions that support the wellbeing of the LGBT community.
“Anti-LGBT arrests, discrimination, harassment, and violence impact the health and well-being of LGBT workers, which in turn affect their productivity at work, resulting to absenteeism, low productivity, inadequate training and high turnover.”
In a UCLA Law study entitled “The Relationship of LGBT inclusion and Economic Development: An Analysis of Emerging Economies”, which assessed the economies of developing countries (including the Philippines) in relation to their LGBT-inclusive policies, the researchers concluded that “Countries with more rights for LGBT people have higher per capita income and higher levels of well-being.”
The study’s conclusion will mean significantly to the sustained growth of the Philippine economy, which registered a 6.3% GDP growth for the last quarter of 2015.
The said study explained that anti-LGBT arrests, discrimination, harassment, and violence impact the health and well-being of LGBT workers, which in turn affect their productivity at work, resulting to absenteeism, low productivity, inadequate training and high turnover.
To date, House Bill 5687, or the Anti-Discrimination Bill, still awaits passage. The Bill, should it become law, will penalize LGBT discrimination in education, employment, health, justice.
(PRESS RELEASE from LGBT Chamber of Commerce)
— The Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an industry organization of businesses of, by, and for the LGBT in the Philippines. The main bottom line of the organization is good business and national economic development via the efforts of its LGBT members.