QC’s Sundown Clinics and Protection Center Certified as GAD Local Learning Hubs

Quezon City’s social hygiene and sundown clinics, and the Quezon City Protection Center, received recognition and certification as Gender and Development (GAD) Local Learning Hubs (LLH) by the Philippine Commission on Women during a ceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) March 8, 2019.

The QC Government expressed its support and commitment to the implementation of the GAD Local Learning Hubs. Through the local learning hubs, Quezon City can share best practices and information on its GAD programs to other LGUs and help them build and strengthen their GAD capacities.
In her speech, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte highlighted several pioneering initiatives on gender and development undertaken by the City Government which include the enactment of a comprehensive Gender Fair Ordinance and the establishment of a Pride Council for our LGBT community.
She cited Quezon City as the pilot and pioneering city of the UN Women’s Safe Cities Metro Manila Programme, leading other cities in the country in addressing street sexual harassment by implementing the Anti-Catcalling and Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces provisions of the Amended GAD Ordinance, Belmonte added.
She pointed out the role of the city GAD Council in implementing and promoting GAD policies in city departments and the barangays through the GAD focal persons. The Council also works and coordinates with the VAW (Violence against Women) desks in police stations in the city, the vice mayor said.
With the strict implementation of GAD policies, two programs with notable GAD best practices have emerged, which are viable for replication by other LGUs. These are the city’s Social Hygiene and Sundown Clinics, namely Klinika Bernardo, Klinika Batasan and Klinika Project 7, as well as the Quezon City Protection Center.
The city’s Social Hygiene and Sundown Clinics were established to cater to MSMs and transgender people, providing them with free, safe, non-discriminatory and confidential HIV testing along with free counseling services.
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 (UNAIDS).
In 2012, Ordinance No SP-2191 was passed, mandating the creation of a Quezon City protection center for women, children and lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) who are victims/survivors of violence, harassment and abuse. It also included the adoption of a comprehensive program for the victims of violence and abuse.
The Quezon City Protection Center (QCPC), located within the Quezon City General Hospital compound, provides free legal, medical, and psychological assistance and intervention for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual harassment.

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