The nomination for 2023 Philippine BAHAGHARI Awards runs from July 27 to August 31, 2023
Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride (PFIP) had recently assembled its fifth summit—a two-day event anchored on the vision to promote safe space and ensure that the LGBTQIA+ community has an optimal and accepting environment on and off work.
Dubbed as “the leading multi-industry LGBTQIA+ association in the country,” PFIP then elevates its effort for the last ten years as it now aims to open up inclusive workplace practices in the Philippine setting.
Such a goal is encapsulated in this year’s theme: HIRAYA— PFIP’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the LGBTQIA+ advocacy.
Part of its effort is the commencement of the 2023 Philippine BAHAGHARI awards—an awarding ceremony that honors individuals, leaders, and organizations “that have shown exceptional effort” in promoting safe working conditions for the rainbow community.
Five categories are at stake, in which registered companies and organizations may be nominated according to their specific requirements.
The PRIDE Network Award is an exclusive category open for member companies. It is given to a nominee who displays an “active and influential” role of cascading the LGBTQIA+ agenda in and out of office environment.
The second is the PRIDE Company Award given to a business entity that constantly uplifts inclusive policies within the premise of its administration.
Third is the PRIDE LGBTQ+ Leader Award that gives merit to an LGBTQIA+ member who stands as a representation of the rainbow agenda, and whose works are pointed at the restructuring of the workplace in favor of the queer community.
PRIDE Executive Ally Award, on the other hand, is for a non-LGBTQIA+ ally, a senior leader in essence, whose efforts and policies are in consideration of the queer people in his or her organization.
PRIDE Advocacy Award is then for “grassroots LGBTQIA+ organization that creates concrete and measurable changes in favor of the community.
And lastly, the BAHAGHARI Champion Award is a special merit to various individuals and organizations that tirelessly uphold SOGIE equality and human rights across the varying sectors in the Philippines.
The nomination opened on July 27, 2023 and is set to close on August 31 of the same year. Interested parties must be registered as a member of PFIP and must be operational under legal terms in order to qualify for the nomination.
What makes PFIP different from other non profit organization?
PFIP takes pride in its own unique approach of selecting the awardees. Aside from having independent juries that will determine the laureates, it ensures that Filipino LGBTQIA+ welfare is at the forefront of its advocacy.
Such is seen in how it focuses more on the assessment of the local counterparts of a foreign company rather than assessing the enterprise as a whole.
Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride was established in 2013, with only five organizations registered during that time. The recent summit held at Shangri-la The Fort in BGC, however, was extensive in comparison.
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