Launch Of LGBTI-Inclusive Barangays In Quezon City, Philippines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 September 2017

Media contact:
Janet Oviedo, +63.997.277.2187, qc.ovmwomen@gmail.com
Ging Cristobal, +63.917.557.0405, gcristobal@outrightinternational.org

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Philippines face high levels of domestic and family violence at the hands of families and spouses. Social stigma and discrimination against LGBTI people exacerbate the situation and cause many not to report their experiences.

Barangays (small administrative government units) are often the first responders to domestic violence and family violence issues, however are not capacitated to deal with situations involving LGBTI people. OutRight Action International and EnGendeRights sought to address this issue by providing large-scale and intensive training to 187 barangay service providers in the Quezon City area on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE). For the first time in the history of the Philippines barangay officers are now trained to provide appropriate, sensitive and respectful service to LGBTI people. To commemorate this historic achievement, public launch events are being organized in Quezon City’s six districts.

Barangay community members, representatives from the LGBTI group, schools, colleges, universities, Purok leaders, leaders of sectoral groups, public and private establishments, parents and LGBTI community residents are invited to attend the launch to present the Barangays that are now capable of providing support and assistance to LGBTI persons experiencing domestic and family violence. The community outreach forum in each of the six districts of Quezon City aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence and family violence against LGBT people.

The district Community Forum dates are:

District 5 – September 27, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
District 6 – September 29, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
District 4 – October 05, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
District 1 – October 12, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
District 2 – October 17, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
District 3 - October 20, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

With support from the Office of the Vice Mayor of Quezon City, Joy Belmonte, the event will also launch an updated protocol that provides a standard procedure on how Barangay service providers can ensure appropriate service to LGBTI persons that is sensitive to persons regardless of SOGIE. Additional information, education, and communication materials for the community about domestic and family violence will also be provided.

The Quezon City government prides itself as being one of the twenty-five cities nationwide that have passed local anti-discrimination ordinances that penalize discrimination based on SOGIE. Quezon CIty is also the only city in the Philippines that has Implementing Rules and Regulations that provide a mechanism to ensure proper execution of the provisions of the anti-discrimination ordinance.

Media is also invited to attend and interviews are available by appointment with:

Vice Mayor of Quezon City, Joy Belmonte
Ging Cristobal, Project Coordinator for Asia and Pacific Islands for OutRight Action International
Clara Rita A. Padilla, Executive Director of EnGendeRights

Livestream of LGBT Community Forum "Advancing LGBTI Rights in QC!" in Barangay Kaligayahan, Quezon City, Philippines