Photo: An online poster from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines encourages the public not to afraid of HIV testing.(NCCP)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018 last December 20.
We consider its enactment and signing timely and relevant on account of the report of the Department of Health disclosing that our country has the highest percentage relative to the increase of new HIV cases in the Asia-Pacific region from 2010 to 2016.
We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS. This piece of landmark legislation will significantly reduce the stigma of people living with HIV or AIDS.
The Palace notes that the new law provides for the establishment of policies and programs to prevent the spread of the aforesaid epidemic and, at the same time, deliver proper treatment, care and support services to Filipinos living with HIV in accordance with evidence-based strategies and approaches which are in tune with key principles of human rights, gender equality and meaningful participation of communities.
We will release a copy of the law as signed by PRRD to the public once it has undergone appropriate documentation by the Office of the President.
Salvador S. Panelo
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
& Presidential Spokesperson