LOOK: Gender-neutral restrooms at CAAP airports

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 27 2019 01:42 PM

A communal restroom in CAAP-operated Butuan airport

MANILA - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said Tuesday it opened gender neutral restrooms in 15 airports that it operates to help raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights.

The gender-neutral restrooms are located in the airports of Iloilo, Bacolod, Roxas, Laoag, Legazpi, Naga, Virac, Busuanga, Laguindingan, Dipolog, Butuan, San Jose, Basco, Marinduque, and Tandag, CAAP said in a statement.

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.