Beng seeks P400M for HIV-AIDS action plan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:16

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Beng Climaco has filed a bill in Congress seeking the allocation of P400 million for the massive implementation of an anti-HIV-AIDS program in the country.

House Bill 5312 is co-authored Representatives Janette Garin of Ilo-ilo, Jorge Banal of Quezon City, Kaka Bag-ao of Akbayan party list and Arnel Ty of LPGMA.
The proposal seeks to amend and strengthen the country’s HIV-AIDS prevention and control program which was enacted 13 years ago.

Aside from more funds, the proposal likewise includes the mandatory creation of local AIDS Councils “with forceful and concentrated action plans at the regional, provincial, city and municipal levels” and “energizing” the Philippine National Aids Council.
Climaco said HIV-AIDS is one of the most dreaded disease not only in the country but worldwide. She stressed there is no cure for AIDS which is why prevention is so important.

The proposed HIV-AIDS action plan includes a “clear-cut mandates for specific agencies to provide certain programs meant to alleviate the conditions of the growing number of Filipinos with HIV”.

Reports indicate that the Philippines is one of the 7 countries in the world where new HIV cases are increasing. Other countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. — Marvin Segura