Zamboanga City mulls to further amend GAD ordinance

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The Zamboanga City government is eyeing to further amend an ordinance on gender and development to include the concerns of those with different sexual orientation.

The local government said its Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System convened recently to review the Gender and Development Code of the City in the “pursuit of implementing gender and responsive development policies and programs.”

The GAD Code, an ordinance which was amended in 2016, needs a thorough review, it said.

The local law should adapt the “current updates on gender mainstreaming, person’s with diverse SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics) and other related gender issues and concerns,” the city government added.