A measure looking to ramp up efforts to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) was passed by the Quezon City council. This includes the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Approved on its third and final reading last December 1, the ordinance was authored by Councilor Lena Marie Juico. Coincidentally, that was World AIDS Day.
The measure adopts Republic Act 11166: The Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act.
It is expected to be signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte soon.
Various organizations, public health professionals and other partners were led by the city government back in November to commit equitable access to comprehensive, quality and client-centered PLHIV services.
While their treatment coverage aligned with the national average, Belmonte pointed out that “it falls 33 percent short of the UNAIDS’ interim target of 95 percent.” Their proposal to address it is “coming up with a comprehensive delivery service network.”
Primarily, the ordinance is strengthening Quezon City’s mechanisms when it comes to treatment and care services being delivered to people living with HIV (PLHIV). It also hopes to reinforce stakeholders’ cooperation to eradicate discrimination and stigma.
The Quezon City STI, HIV and AIDS Council will be organized by the measure as well. The goal is for their efforts to be intensified in terms of developing, reviewing and ensuring the implementation of a prevention and control action plan that’s cohesive.