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QC celebrates Women’s Month by offering a variety of services to local women.

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The Quezon City government has planned a number of events to honor Women’s Month, including free services for the city’s female citizens.

On Wednesday, Mayor Joy Belmonte will give her State of the Women Address (SOWA), which will serve as the event’s centerpiece.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Belmonte reaffirms her commitment to using their many initiatives to end physical, psychological, and sexual abuse of women.

The task force Magdalena, which was established in 2020 to assist victims of human trafficking in the city, is just one example of the programs being implemented by the city government to safeguard women from abuse, care for their physical and mental well-being, and provide them with a livelihood and education.

“Just like the more than a hundred women, aged 21 and above, were rescued through the Task Force Magdalena after they were forced to work in spas or massage parlors that offer extra services,” Belmonte said.

Even at the height of the pandemic, the municipal administration received more than 2,000 allegations of various forms of abuse against women, prompting the formation of Men Against Violence Everywhere (MOVE) and Cycling to End VAW (Violence Against Women) in 2022.

Belmonte stated that “any figure other than zero is simply unacceptable” when it comes to violence against women and children.

The services of QC Helpline 122 were also expanded by the city government to address reports of VAWC (Violence Against Women and Children) and mental health issues.

Moreover, Belmonte created the “Bahay Kanlungan,” a transitional refuge for VAWC victims, and the “QC Protection Center,” a one-stop crisis center that she hopes to expand to every district in the city.

The city has also given an initial 600 bicycles to female workers in an effort to encourage them to ride bikes to get to work, which will help working women save more for their families and cut carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

More than 17,000 women in Quebec have received free laboratory testing, maintenance medication, frequent blood pressure monitoring, and follow-up treatment from barangay health clinics.

About 20,000 women are scheduled to receive free breast cancer assessments and laboratory tests at the program’s pilot location in Barangay Commonwealth as part of a collaboration with the Philippine Cancer Society for its ACT NOW Prime Care for Breast Cancer Program.

With its Small Income Generating Assistance (SIGA) Program, the local government has been helping women who run sari-sari shops financially.

More than 18,000 women have received PHP20,000 in cash aid as part of Pangkabuhayang QC Phase 2 to assist them in starting their own small businesses.

Almost 2,700 single moms who have undergone abuse obtained a sari-sari store through the “Tindahan ni Ate Joy” initiative, while 13,000 women received regular income from the QC urban farming program.

Belmonte also guaranteed that the city’s “No Woman Left Behind Program” and “Batang Ina Program,” respectively, emphasize the welfare of adolescent mothers and Women Deprived of Liberty (WDL) in order to ensure their reintegration into society.

The Quezon City Protection Center (QCPC) is offering free PAP smear tests as part of the month-long celebration, and the Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) will host the POP QC-Month Women’s Bazaar on the grounds of Quezon City Hall and offer livelihood training for female entrepreneurs.

The city’s Women and Development office also offered seminars on sexual harassment, women’s rights, and mental health as well as a writing and poster-making competition.

The QC Public Library will give away free coffee and tokens to the first 500 female patrons, and the Public Affairs and Information Services Department (PAISD) will host a photo competition.

Many departments including the Quezon City Council have scheduled ultrasounds, free cervical cancer screenings, Zumba classes, and medical missions.

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