The representative of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Davao City is elated after he was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as one of the new commissioners of the Presidential Commission for Urban Poor .
Norman Baloro, the outgoing Davao City Social Service and Development Office district coordinator, said on Thursday’s I-Speak Media Forum he is overwhelmed since he will have the chance to work it with the president.
“My feeling now is, I am proud because the only thing that I wished for myself is to work right and work with accountability,” he said.
“My really dream is to be the next department head of CSSDO that is why I really need to work hard to prove that I am worth it but God give me a big opportunity that I will be working on the national level,” Baloro added.
Baloro said that he did not believe it at first because he has not talked with the president as of the moment and he has not received any appointment papers yet.
“I thought it was fake news and it did not sink into my mind,” he said.
“I just heard it on news. I don’t even open my FB (Facebook) account but my friends congratulated me,” Baloro added.
He said President Duterte made his pronouncement that he wants a representative from LGBT community to be one of the commissioners of PCUP during their party on December 17.
“The LGBT coalition in Davao city nominated me and then, when Presidential Management Staff called me if I’m willing to resign in my present assignment once I am appointed and I said yes,” he said.
Baloro said once he will start working in the PCUP, he will formulate program that will benefit the urban poor in the country.
He said the work in PCUP has no difference with his work at CSSDO which is to look for the welfare of the people especially the poor people.
Along with Baloro is 2014 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Emergent Leadership Randy Halasan who is a teacher in the hinterland of Marilog Distirct in Davao City.
Halasan and Baloro will be replacing Manuel Serra Jr. and Joan Lagunda who were fired by President Duterte along with their chair Terry Ridon reportedly for too much travel abroad.