Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Accreditation of Bisdak Pride, Inc.

Established nine years ago (November 30, 2005), Bisdak Pride, Inc. was given accreditation during the regular session of the Cebu Provincial Board last December 1, 2014. The date of accreditation was also timely and relevant, December is human rights month. Bisdak Pride, Inc (BPI) is also an accredited organization of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). We hope to complete our accreditation from various government agencies and local government units (Cebu City, DOLE, DOH, DSWD) before the end of first quarter of 2015

Who we are?
Fully aware of our current condition — widespread stigma and discrimination, we reaffirm and assert that:
The advancement and protection of the rights and responsibilities of persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity is part and parcel of our development as a people. The absence of such rights, which is a basic human right, is a hindrance to fully recognize all people as equal.
The government has the responsibility to ensure the full participation of persons with different sexual orientation and gender identity in all aspects of nation-building. And our community has the responsibility to ensure that such rights are recognized and fully appreciated and respected.
Empowering LGBT communities primarily, and non-LGBTs, secondarily, play a vital role in advancing and attaining a truly just and democratic society that is forever grateful of our existence.
V I S I O N: We look forward for a society that is just, humane and democratic. Thus, we cry for EQUALITY and RESPECT.
M I S S I O N: We are committed to ensure the understanding and all-round promotion of the rights and responsibilities of the LGBT community.
1. Assist LGBT organizations in the communities in their efforts to unite and collectively advance their problems and concerns so that their problems are addressed and their participation in community affairs improved.
2. Establish LGBT groups in communities where there is none.
3. Unite with non-LGBT sectors in their struggles and concerns and actively participate in the people’s movement for change.
4. To become a credible resource center in the Bisaya speaking communities on matters related to LGBT concerns.
Established since 2005, Bisdak Pride, Inc. (BPI) is a product of the First Visayas-Mindanao LGBTQ Leadership Conference entitled, “In The Pink of Health” funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy held in Davao City on September 25-27, 2005.
Contrary to some misguided notion, Bisdak Pride, Inc. is not exclusive to LGBT communities. The interests of non-LGBTs on issues directly related to their relationship with their LGBT brother/s, sister/s and friends are accommodated in this organization. We consider them as honorary members and advocates of LGBT rights.
Bisdak Pride, Inc. is committed to provide all-round educational discussions and other support to LGBT groups and non-LGBTs in order for the former to fully appreciate life’s beauty and the latter to comprehend with much gusto of our existence. For the past several years, Bisdak Pride, Inc. also help in the organizing efforts of several groups and despite very limited resources we facilitated in providing discussions and workshops on the following topics:
1. Queer Politics: ADVANCING POLITICAL PARTICIPATION THROUGH A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH. Rights and Responsibilities of LGBTs are discussed and helping them in their organizing efforts linked to their sexuality are given due importance in order for them to deal and view their political life and participation effective in community affairs.
2. Queer Health: PROMOTING HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. Issues and concerns on matters related to health in particular the prevention of STI/STDs and HIV/AIDS are prioritized. Common health problems that LGBTs faced and how to cope with these diseases and illnesses are provided through educational discussions as a preventive measure, primarily. Referral to friendly clinics and medical practitioners are also practiced especially to those who are incapable of medical support.
3. Queer Religion: UNDERSTANDING RELIGION AND SEXUALITY. It is an effective instrument in countering the attack of the “moralists”. Provided primary to focus group discussions, forums, discernments and Bible in context activities to LGBTs.
4. Queer Culture: PROMOTION OF CULTURE AND ARTS. Aimed at popularizing the culture and the arts to the general public wherein the LGBT community is known to excel.

The People

A Board of Trustees (BOT) formulates policies and provides guidance in the overall administration and management of the Bisdak Pride, Inc (BPI). The BOT also facilitates linkages and collaborative arrangements with various organizations within and outside the Philippines. It reviews BPI operations and confirms executive decisions when necessary.
The BOT will be appointed or elected by the members of the Management Committee (ManCom) of the organization. The BOT of the organization will approve the general direction, plans and programs, revisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of BPI. The Board of Trustee will meet once, or twice, as the case may be a year and will discuss and approve the policy directions, organizational updates and mobilization of resources.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Richard Fruelan, MHSS, MHSS, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Southwestern University Graduate School of Health, Management and Pedagogy 

Teacher, Paknaan National High School, Mandaue City  
Adviser, ABAKA Gay Association, Barangay Lorega-San Miguel, Cebu City
Karl James Villarmea, MA
Ph.D. Candidate – Theology and Ethics , Chicago Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor, Divinity School, Silliman University, Dumaguete City
Reagan Maiquiz, MA
Ph.D. Candidate – Theatre and Performance Studies, Monash University, Australia
Professor, Specializes in the field of literature (poetry), performance culture/studies, and cultural studies, University of the Philippines Los Banos
Palanca Awardee, First Prize, Poetry in Filipino 2009
Dan Arrojado
Candidate – MA Social Psychology, University of San Carlos
Ronilo Sab-a
Barangay Councillor, Barangay Luz, Cebu City
Adviser, SEMGAB – Self Motivated Gays of Barangay Luz, Cebu City
Alvin Truya
Faculty, Department of Mass Communications, Southwestern University C

Candidate, Master in Education, Cebu Technological University
Senior Law Student, University of Southern Philippines Foundation\
Awardee, Best in Radio Program, Catholic Mass Media Awards
Clark Dale Morpos
SK Chair, Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City
SK Cebu Provincial Spokesperson
Founder, Paknaan Mandaue Gay Association
Sherryl Robles, Ll.B.
PRO, Sambag 2 Gay Association
Accountancy Graduate, University of San Carlos
Jose Eleazar Bersales, Ph.D
Manager, University of San Carlos (USC) Press
Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and History USC
Member, National Commission on Culture and the Arts Sub-Committee on Museums
Member, Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Heritage and Culture
Edgar Gahisan, BSN, RN, MAN
Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, University of Southern Philippines Foundation
Coordinator, ACT Partylist
Member, Alliance of Health Workers
Volunteer Health Worker, Visayas Primary Health Services, Inc.
Junie Ibanez
Community Organizer, Panaghugpong
Maria Antonella D. Codeniera
Psychologist, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center – Psychiatry Department and Cebu Women and Children Center (Pink Center)
Member, Alliance of Health Workers
Volunteer Health Worker, Visayas Primary Health Services, Inc.
Ex-Officio Member
Roxanne Omega Doron
Founder and Executive Director, Bisdak Pride, Inc.
Faculty Member, Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, University of San Carlos
Writer, DANIEL Magazine

Secretariat, Archdiocesan Discernment Group
Members of the Management Committee (ManCom) will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. In case of staff vacancy, the ManCom will submit replacements to the BOT for approval.
Operational and Project Management
Mobilize financial resources, materials and advocates to create localized programs. Hold large scale fund raising events, apply to government and organizations for grants and contracts in order to raise money for projects. Plan projects, create budgets, keep accounts, reports and communicate with the BOT.
Campaigning and Public Relations
Campaign on issues that directly or indirectly affects the community and achieve large-scale change promoted directly or indirectly through influence of the political system. Will keep the supporters informed and motivated and will maintain a large informed network of affiliate and partner organizations and individual advocates who can be mobilized for events to garner media attention and influence policy changes.
Members of the Management Committee
Roxanne Omega–Doron
Founder and Executive Director
Simeon Arbas-Remata III 
Deputy Executive Director
Studied Development Work (U.P. Diliman) and Environmental Science (U.P Cebu College, on-going)
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant - International Labor Organization - North Cebu Project
Lucky Lastimosa-Maglalang, R.N.
Secretary and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Studied Nursing (Cebu Doctors University)
Ronnie Pilapil- Sanchez
Studied Education (Cebu Technological University – CTU) and Masters in Educational Management (CTU, on-going)
Cresologo Bradley-Mondejar
Resource Center Coordinator
Student, Law and Governance (Cebu Technological University)
Jhonrelle Antivo-Berong, R.N.
Project Coordinator
Yaz Cepe
Project Coordinator
Studied Business Administration (Southwestern University)

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