By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Home of Representatives authorised on second studying Home Invoice 6617 or the proposed “Philippine HIV and AIDS Coverage Act” which seeks to forestall the unfold of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) within the nation.
Zamboanga metropolis First District Rep. Celso Lobregat, one of many essential authors of the invoice, mentioned it seeks to strengthen the Philippine Complete Coverage on HIV and AIDS, remedy, care and help, repealing Republic Act 8504, in any other case referred to as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Management Act of 1998.”
The invoice reconstitutes and streamlines the Philippine Nationwide AIDS Council or PNAC established beneath RA 8504 to make sure the implementation of the nation’s response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
It supplies for a formulation of a six-year Nationwide Multisectoral HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan or an AIDS Medium-Time period Plan (AMTP) which shall be periodically up to date by the PNAC.
Lobregat mentioned the AMTP shall embrace the nation’s targets and techniques in addressing the epidemic; the prevention, remedy, care and help, and different elements of the nation’s response; the six-year operationalization of this system and identification of the federal government businesses that shall implement this system in addition to the budgetary necessities and a corollary funding plan that identifies the sources of funds for its implementation.
Likewise, the measure supplies for an HIV and AIDS prevention program that shall educate the general public on these and different sexually transmitted infections, with the aim of lowering dangerous conduct, reducing vulnerabilities and selling the human rights of individuals dwelling with the HIV.
These measures shall likewise promote the rights, welfare and participation of individuals dwelling with HIV and the affected kids, younger folks, households and companions of individuals dwelling with HIV.
The invoice mandates the Division of Schooling (DepEd), Fee on Increased Schooling (CHED) and the Technical Schooling and Abilities Growth Authority (TESDA) to combine primary and age-appropriate instruction on the causes, modes of transmission, impacts of HIV an infection and methods of stopping the unfold of HIV and AIDS and different sexually transmitted infections, human rights-based rules, and knowledge on remedy, care and help to advertise stigma-reduction in related topics taught in private and non-private studying establishments, together with different and indigenous studying methods utilizing standardized data and epidemiological information from the Division of Well being (DOH).
The proposal mandates the State to make sure that all abroad Filipino staff and diplomatic, army, commerce, and labor officers and personnel to be assigned abroad shall attend a seminar on the causes, method of prevention and impacts of HIV and AIDS earlier than being granted a certification of abroad task.
One other provision within the invoice states the HIV/AIDS training and knowledge dissemination shall kind a part of the supply of well being companies by well being practitioners, staff and personnel.