CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Mar 12 (PIA) -- Key personnel of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) underwent a seminar on basic HIV-AIDS dubbed “Scaling-Up Effective and Sustained Response on HIV-AIDS.”
The seminar aims to further enhance knowledge and awareness on HIV-AIDS, to strengthen the local AIDS responses through the development of leadership capacities, and provide technical support to target LGUs, as well as to plan future local strategies to mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS in the region.
The activity was conceptualized to capacitate and empower DILG officers in the crusade against HIV-AIDS and to help LGUs in the region especially those with high rate of reported HIV cases. The seminar will also promote universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support to achieve the Millennium Development Goals commitment.
Regional director Josefina E. Castilla-Go, assistant regional director; Ariel O. Iglesia, Region 4A division chiefs, provincial directors, cluster heads, as well as the HIV-AIDS focal persons from the five provinces attended the event.
According to the National AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DOH), the epidemic is not just a possibility but a threat. This can be attributed to nine out of 11 reported cases daily nationwide. It may be recalled that at present, Calabarzon ranks second with reference to the number of HIV-AIDS cases throughout the country.
Resource speakers included Celestino “Ka Tino” Ramirez of the Positive Action Foundation, Inc. (PAFI) who discussed “The Basic STI, HIV and AIDS or HIV and AIDS 101; Sex and Sexuality; and the Stigma and Discrimination as deterrent to HR infected and affected by HIV-AIDS”.
He also facilitated a role-playing activity dubbed “wildfire exercises” for the participants, followed by a sharing of a person living with HIV who is also with PAFI.
ther speakers included Dionisio Quinto of Pinoy Plus who shared the “Voice of PLHIV”, as well as Dr. Joselito Feliciano of the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC) who discussed the “Local HIV/AIDS Action,” an integral part of good governance and RA 8504. An action planning was also conducted and the outputs were submitted to the Secretariat. (DILG4A/PIA 4A)