PWC recognizes Quezon City’s gender-responsive governance

Published March 11, 2019, 4:08 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Chito Chavez

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has cited Quezon City as among the most gender-responsive local government units that implement comprehensive gender and development (GAD) programs.

PCW has recognized the city for its enactment of gender and development (GAD) ordinances that uphold human rights, gender equality, and women empowerment together with six other LGUs.

(Quezon City  / MANILA BULLETIN)

Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte received the award acknowledging Quezon City as a Gender and Development Local Learning Hub in view of its GAD programs including the Quezon City Protection Center for Victim-Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Abuse and City Social Hygiene Clinics.

“In behalf of the Quezon City local government, I would like to thank the Philippine Commission on Women for recognizing our programs on gender development, and our efforts in providing a gender-responsive governance,” said Belmonte.

“Quezon City has a comprehensive gender-fair ordinance and we are the only one to establish a Quezon City Pride Council for our LGBT community,” she added.

The QC Pride Council is a pioneer initiative of the Quezon City local government that “oversees the integration of all city programs and projects for the LGBT (lesbian, gays, bisexual, and transgender) community.”

“As a pilot and a pioneer city of the UN Women Safe Cities Metro Manila Program, Quezon City continues in addressing sexual harassment by implementing anti-cat calling and sexual harassment in public spaces provisions on the amended GAD ordinance.”

“Through the city GAD council, awareness and recommendation GAD policies are promoted down to the barangay level through GAD focal persons in every office. The council also works and coordinates with the violence against women [VAW] desks in police stations in the city,” said Belmonte.

Belmonte noted, “Our City Social Hygiene Clinics were established to care to men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people providing them with free, safe, non-discriminatory, and confidential HIV testing along with free counseling services.”

She added that the establishment of the social hygiene clinics is part of the city’s HIV response program which has been recognized as a model for other cities by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS.

“Now that our two GAD facilities have been validated and certified as local learning hubs, we are encouraged even more to sustain and expand the implementation of our programs and facilities,.” Belmonte said.

“I strongly support and give my commitment to the implementation of the GAD local learning hubs which will enable all LGUs to share best practices and information on GAD programs and help them build and strengthen their GAD by learning from the experience and technical knowledge of other LGUs,” the vice mayor ended.