The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) has opened the gender neutral restrooms on 15 CAAP airports that it operates to help raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights.

They are located in Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas, Laoag, Legazpi, Naga, Virac, Busuanga, Laguindingan, Dipolog, Butuan, San Jose, Basco, Marinduque, and Tandag.

“Constructing gender neutral restrooms is a step towards gender awareness development and protection of the rights of the LGBTQ+ community,” Caap said in a statement.

They also hope to have gender neutral restrooms in all of their 42 airports.

A transgender woman complained of discrimination at a shopping mall restroom earlier this month, sparking public debates and a Senate hearing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights.

“Safety in bathrooms is a pivotal concern for non-binary people today; and through the construction of these gender-neutral restrooms in Caap-operated airports, the agency can proactively promote gender sensitivity at various points of its policies, programs, and activities,” Caap said.

A similar restroom was built at the Caap Pasay central office, the agency said.

The agency said it allocated P400 million for its Gender Awareness Development projects, which will include diaper-changing and breastfeeding rooms.

Caap said it was working towards a more gender-inclusive environment in all of the 42 commercial airports it operates.

Photos: Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

By Bohol Island News

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