Cebu City—The SafeSpacesPH, one of the programs of LoveYourself Inc, will be officially launched in metro Cebu on November 29 at the LoveYourself White House, this
city. It will be attended by the officers of Cebu City Health Office and the Department of
Health (DOH) Central Visayas.
Metro Cebu is comprised of Cebu City and the six surrounding cities (Carcar, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, and Talisay) and six municipalities (Compostela,
Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, and San Fernando).SafeSpacesPH is an app by LoveYourself that can be downloaded in Google Playstore
and Apple App Store for free. It helps young adults find the nearest establishments
offering free condoms and water-based lubricants.
A project in partnership with the DOH, SafeSpacesPH was first launched in the Greater
Manila Area. When the White House opened in April 2019, it became the first SafeSpaces
partner in this city. Anytime Fitness became the second and newest partner in October
2019. Anyone can now get free condoms and lubes in their four branches.“We aim to bring two of the three components of the Triangle of Self-Care to everyone.
With SafeSpaces, we address safe and satisfying sex, and correct and consistent
condom use,” said Robin Avorque, Program Officer for SafeSpaces PH.
The Triangle of
Self-care is what LoveYourself promotes in the prevention of HIV. It includes timely testing
Avorque disclosed that the program’s goal in 2020 is to partner with local coffee shops,
hostels, and LGBT-friendly businesses.
Jan Estrada, head of LoveYourself Cebu, highlighted the importance of the project to
Cebuanos. “There are several reasons why people have no access to condoms and
We want to somehow bridge that gap. We want to tell our Cebuano young adults that there’s nothing wrong with getting condoms and lubricants. We’re giving it for
free to empower them to care for themselves. “Central Visayas has the fourth-highest number of HIV cases in the country. In July 2019
alone, there are 93 new HIV cases diagnosed. Nationwide, there are 35 new cases
diagnosed per day.