ZCMSAC leads AIDS memorial PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:09

In solidarity with the global movement against AIDS and HIV, the Zamboanga City Multi-Sectoral Aids Council (ZCMSAC) spearheaded the AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Monday, May 20, at the Jardin de Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

Beginning with a motorcade at Pettit Barracks, the participants made their way through the city before the final stop at the Jardin. Capping the memorial was the candle-lighting ceremony, followed by ecumenical prayers by Pastor Berlie Yap and Reverend Father Alfred Alabado.

Organized to promote awareness about HIV and AIDS, the Candlelight Memorial also serves as a remembrance tribute, dedicated to individuals who have lost their battle with AIDS.

The AIDS Candlelight Memorial also coincides with the AIDS Awareness Month, held every May in the city.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos called for the continued advocacy against AIDS, citing a need for a more thorough information dissemination to curb the numbers of HIV positive and AIDS cases in the city.

Agbulos also notes that the youth is one of the more vulnerable sectors to AIDS.

“There is a need to provide right and correct information to the youth,” said Agbulos, revealing that the council seeks to tap the network of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to touch base with the youth sector.

Gracing the memorial was Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, who also currently serves as ZCMSAC Chairperson. Lobregat recognized and lauded the efforts of the ZCSMAC in the fight against AIDS in the City.

Also present were Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar and Rudy Lim, the Mariposa de Zamboanga Organization, the Association of Partners for AIDS Free Zamboanga, NGOs such as the Human Development and Empowerment Services, Philippine National Red Cross and Vida Vivo, various local and regional government offices, city hospitals, barangays, medical associations, entertainment establishments and the armed forces, including the Zamboanga City Police Office, Task Force Zamboanga, EAAB, WESMINCON, CIDG-9, BJMP, Bureau of Fire and PDEA. — Jasmine Mohammadsali