“The new law provides for the establishment of policies and programs to deliver proper treatment, care and support services to Filipinos living with HIV.” Sec. Salvador Panelo, Presidential Spokesperson.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that five days before Christmas, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act into law but only confirmed on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2019), he said Wednesday.
Panelo praised lawmakers and other groups who contributed to the passage of a law that strengthens the existing policy which prevents the further spread of HIV/AIDS in the country. In his statement, Panelo said, “This piece of landmark legislation will significantly reduce the stigma of people living with HIV or AIDS.”
Based on the report made by the Department of Health (DOH) which showed that the country has the highest percentage relative to the increase of new HIV cases in the Asia-Pacific region from 2010 to 2016, Panelo added that the law’s enactment is “timely and relevant.” He said these programs will be in tune with key principles of human rights, gender equality and meaningful participation of communities.
The Spokesperson also added that the new law provides for the establishment of policies and programs to deliver proper treatment, care and support services to PLHIVs. The measure also provides that minors aged 15 years and older will no longer need their parents’ consent before they receive tests for HIV.33.
On the other hand, DOH Secretary Franciso Duque III lauded on Thursday the signing of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV-AIDS) Act into law. He said the signing of the HIV-AIDS Act is “a huge step forward in responding to the growing HIV epidemic in the Philippines”.
Duque said the law provides education and prevention programs for Persons Living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (PLHIV). “It also enables minors 15 years of age to get tested for HIV,” he added.