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HIV-AIDS Policy Act to boost gov’t campaign


The nation can look forward to an intensified government effort to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and fight the social stigma amid the imminent passage of a law.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement after lauding Congress for the ratifica­tion of the bicameral version of the proposed HIV-AIDS Policy Act.

“The Philippines made a signifi­cant milestone when the Senate and the House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill which aims to strengthen the existing policy on HIV/AIDS prevention in the country,” Roque said.

“We can look forward to a soci­ety that is empowered to prevent, not only the spread of the disease, but also the stigma that comes with it,” he said.

Roque also welcomed the ratifi­cation of the bill since he was the principal author of House Bill No. 253 when he served as Kabayan party-list representative.

The measure seeks to allocate more funds for HIV prevention, di­agnosis, and treatment as well as improve access to healthcare ser­vices in communities.

He said the bill amends the Phil­ippine AIDS Prevention and Con­trol Act of 1998. He noted that the alarming rise in HIV-AIDS cases highlighted the need for a compre­hensive and updated legal frame­work addressing HIV and AIDS. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)