Toilet for LGBT built in NAIA complex
THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has finished the construction of a toilet intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender at CAAP compound.
The CAAP compound is near the Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The agency is also targeting to build toilets for the LGBT community in all the 41 CAAP-run commercial airports in the country.
Eric Apolonio, CAAP spokesperson, said the construction of communal toilets or all-gender restrooms is part of the agency’s Gender Awareness Development (GAD) program so that anyone can use the restroom regardless of gender identity or expression.
He added that the construction of gender-neutral bathrooms or for members of the LGBT community at the CAAP Central office and 11 other airports located in Busuanga, Butuan, Calbayog, Cauyan, Dipolog, Legaspi, Masbate, Naga, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa and Tuguegarao passenger terminal buildings were underway.
He said the program sought to encourage gender awareness and sensitivity among CAAP employees nationwide as required by RA 9710, the Magna Carta of Women and Executive Order (EO) 273 otherwise known as the Philippine Plan for Gender Responsive Development (PPGD 1995-2025), which mandates the implementation of gender and development accord with our constitutionally-guaranteed human rights.
Apolonio said under the GAD program, CAAP had built a facility to shelter and protect greeters, especially women, pregnant women and those accompanied by children, while waiting for the arrival of passengers during inclement weather.