IN order to better serve and provide a more comprehensive service to the victims or survivors of gender-based violence and abuse, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista has signed an ordinance reinforcing the organizational structure of the city’s Protection Center.
City Ordinance 2701-2018, introduced by Councilors Irene Belmonte, Lena Marie Juico, Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla, and Diorella Maria Sotto, amends City Ordinance 2191-2012 that created the QC Protection Center for Victim-Survivors of Gender-based Violence and Abuse.
In the amendment, the QC Committee on Gender-based Violence is created to oversee the management of the protection center and to ensure that the ordinance is effectively implemented.
“To better adhere to the QC Protection Center’s objectives, there is a need to reinforce its organizational structure to further provide comprehensive service to the victim-survivors of gender-based violence,” the ordinance read.
The QC Committee on Gender-based Violence will be tasked to formulate plans and policies to address the needs of the victim-survivors of gender-based violence by providing a safe environment and facilitating recovery through medical, psychiatric/psychological, legal support, and social services; approve policy guidelines of the services and programs of the Protection Center and monitor and evaluate its implementation; and collaborate with other agencies to forward the advocacies of the committee, raise awareness, and pool efforts to address the problem of gender-based violence.
The committee will be led by Mayor Bautista with the City Council Committee on Women, Family Relations, and Gender Equality and Committee on Children chairpersons as members.
The QC General Hospital Director, representatives from the City Health Department, Social Services Development Department, Liga ng mga Barangay, Barangay Operations Center, QC Council for the Protection of Children, Gender and Development Council, Quezon City Police District, City Legal Department, and Non-Government Organizations working on gender-based violence are also part of the said committee.
Further, the Protection Center will also be composed of five units including the Administrative Support Unit, Counseling and Case Intake Unit, Medical Support Unit, Legal and Security Unit, and Advocacy and Network Unit.
Since 2012, the center has successfully handled 964 cases by rendering protection services and various medical, legal, psychiatric/ psychological support, police assistance, and social services to the victim-survivors, paving the way to their recovery and reintegration to the society.
City Ordinance 2191-2012 was passed in light of the reality that gender-based violence is not limited to any sex, gender, or age group.
Then Crisis Center for Battered Women was expanded to QC Protection Center for Victim-Survivors of Gender-based Violence and Abuse to cater to all victims of gender-based violence including women, children, and lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs).