Mandaluyong City’s Protection Center Addresses Abused Women, Children, LGBTIQ Members

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Mandaluyong City will build its own facility that will cater to abused women, children, and members of the LGBTIQ community.

Mayor Menchie Abalos, Mandaluyong City. (from her social media account)

The city broke ground for the planned Protection Center on March 8, 2022 inside the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) compound led by Mayor Menchie Abalos in line with the celebration of the International Women’s Day.

Councilor Charisse Abalos-Vargas led the creation of the Women’s Protection Center in 2016, which received full support from Mayor Abalos, approving City Ordinance No. 708, Series 2019 (An ordinance creating the Mandaluyong Protection Center for Women, Children, and LGBTIQ who are victims and survivors of violence and abuse, adopting a comprehensive program thereof and for other purposes).

Abalos-Vargas explained that the primary goal was to create a place that will be a haven to protect women who experienced harassment, abuse, and rape in their own homes, schools, offices, and even in public.

“These places should be the safest areas for them and yet they still get abused, harassed, or raped. Add to this, the victim has to gather enough strength to be able to undergo the tedious process from filing a police report, going to the hospital for a medical check-up, getting a lawyer, to coming up with the expenses for all of these. Putting up the Protection Center will solve all those problems for the victims,” Abalos-Vargas said.

The Protection Center will have a one-stop-shop concept where it will have a reception area, clinic, psychotherapy room, an interview and investigation room, records and database office, and a play and rest area. It will also temporarily house victims who cannot go back home or have no place to return to.

“I’m asking for the cooperation of the Mandaluyong-PNP (Philippine National Police) our hospital, city legal department, city health office, and other offices of concern in assigning one or two of their personnel to our Protection Center to complete its services,” Mayor Abalos said.

“Let’s make this program operate on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis. This will help our City Council create a budget so the Protection Center can operate smoothly after it’s fully constructed, hopefully, by next year.” (✓)


Featured image is City Hall Building of Mandaluyong, Metro Manila. Credit to Wikipedia.

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