ZC’s HIV-AIDS drive remains a model of good practices PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 September 2011 17:10

Zamboanga City’s best practices on anti HIV-AIDS programs were once again in the limelight during the HIV and AIDS Local Response Dialogue with Local Government Officials in Metro Manila organized recently by the Local Government Academy of the Department of Interior and Loc al Governmnet in Manila.

City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos who represented Mayor Celso Lobregat recounted that of all the participating Local Government Units that shared their experiences on anti HIV-AIDS campaign, the City’s presentation was met with much interest prompting a number of inquiries from the audience who were impressed by the accomplishments.

Agbulos presented a well-documented chronology on how the City Government of Zamboanga under the leadership of Mayor Lobregat intensified its campaign and programs to address the problems on HIV-AIDS since the term of Ma’am Caling Lobregat.

The presentation cited the public-private partnership in combating HIV-AIDS as one of the main reasons for the effective implementation of the program. It also showed the framework and strategies that the City had undertaken that won several citations and recognitions from different organizations, including the feat as the winner of Local C.H.A.M.P (Catalytic HIV and AIDS Mitigation Programme).

The program-cum-dialogue, which was held in partnership with the United Nation Development Program, was graced by Metro Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman. It aimed to support leadership and capacity development to strengthen local responses and mitigate the negative impacts on human development of HIV and AIDS.

Last August 23, Mayor Lobregat also presented the City’s HIV-AIDS prevention and control program as a model of good governance practices during a forum per invitation by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and attended by multi-stakeholders from various parts of the country and even representatives from the international community at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The Chief Executive also cited the city government’s efforts and initiatives in combating HIV-AIDS as well as the various parameters that attribute to the unique and distinct practices and experiences of Zamboanga in stemming the disease. — Richard Aliangan/City Hall PIO