The Quezon City Government has opened one of the first local government unit (LGU)-run shelters for abused women, children and LGBTs, serving as highlight to the city’s commemoration of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW).

Bahay Kanlungan serves as a temporary shelter for victim-survivors of gender-based violence and abuse.  Those admitted in the shelter shall be processed at the hospital-based QC Protection Center in Barangay Bahay Toro, and if needed, referred to the shelter for up to twelve (12) weeks.

Our protection center provides various help like medical assistance, legal assistance and counseling.  Bahay Kanlungan, on the other hand, gives a safe refuge for the victim-survivors.

The shelter has sixty (60) beds dedicated for women, children and LGBTs.  There is an activity area, reading hub and play room for kids.  The center will also have wifi and a learning area for children who need to attend online classes, and a livelihood training center for women and LGBTs.

Private and Government partners such as SPARK! Philippines and the Philippine Commission on Women have pledged to support the city’s initiative by providing livelihood for women in the shelter.

Aside from Bahay Kanlungan, Quezon City has other social services and caring facilities, such as Bahay Aruga for abandoned, neglected, abused and indigent senior citizens; Reception and Action Center for displaced homeless individuals needing temporary shelter; Bantay Bata Children’s Village for neglected and abandoned children and children at risk; and Project Sagip Batang Solvent to rehabilitate streetchildren who have become users of solvent and rugby and keep them away from illegal drug activities and drug use.