History Of Anti-Discrimination Law In The Philippines

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Princess Jasmine H. Pana
Anti-Discrimination Law: the newest treasure of the Philippine society
A human person is a being and not a thing, everyone is entitled to respect and protection regardless of their state of being. Being a human person is also being inherent of the human rights whether we are disabled, whatever our gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, religion or any other status is. We are all equally entitled with human rights which are interrelated, indivisible and interdependent. (What are human rights?) But nowadays, a growing threat to human being’s rights is gradually spreading like wildfire in the whole world, it’s called Discrimination. Some countries have adopted measures to fight discrimination (European Youth Center, 2008) and recently, Philippines is one of them. The Anti-Discrimination Law in Cebu is the first law in the Philippines to fight discrimination which is merely based on ignorance, prejudices and negative stereotypes. (Cebu Daily News, 2012) The law being approved is already a great “first step” to change because the Anti-Discrimination Law is essential for many Filipino people for the reason that it has a wide span of involvement from the different genders, disabilities, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities down to different religions.
According to the book COMPASITO — Manual on human rights education for children (2008), discriminating someone is to restrict that person for their full possession and enjoyment of
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