The center, which was created under a 1997 ordinance, is being run by the Office of the Vice Mayor at Quezon City General Hospital. The new ordinance basically expands its coverage to include LGBTs.
In the new measure, the councilors cited “a need for a protection center which will cater not only to women but every person who suffered gender-based violence and abuse.”
Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, a lead proponent, added in an Inquirer interview: “We noticed that not only women are victims of gender-based crimes but also members of the LGBT community. They also get battered and discriminated against. So why not extend the service to them?”