The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) welcomes the recruitment of lawyers and other personnel who are members of the LGBTQIA+.
“I have opened the door to the members of the LGBTQIA+. Many of my assistant public lawyers are its members. May be, that could be a reason why I am not getting old. They are loving. They are good friends,” PAO chief Persida Acosta told the Gender and Development Forum of the Department of Public Works and Highways.
In her official Facebook account, Acosta said “I am very fair to my employees regardless of their sexual orientation. Do not oppose (me).
I do not care if they are lesbians or gay. People would say I am tolerant. No, I just want to give them the freedom to choose their orientation based on our Constitution, the laws and the United Nations convention that there must be gender equality, and that there must be no discrimination.”
LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual and more.
According to Acosta, PAO has 2,463 personnel with 72 percent of them occupying supervisory positions with a salary grade of 18 and above, including lawyers.
“At least 57 percent of these supervisory positions are women, while the remaining 42 percent are men. We have more female employees,” she said.
PAO has 27.97 percent staff position, of which 69 percent of them are female, and 31 percent are male.
Acosta, however, clarified that the hiring and promotion of employees are both based on merit.