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Press Release/February 18, 2021

Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) gave recognition to local chief executives (LCEs) including medical chiefs, and HIV Core Teams in the region for their continuous dedication in the implementation of the STI HIV/AIDS program amidst COVID-19 pandemic. 

Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo extended his gratitude and congratulations to all the awardees for their support and assistance to the regional HIV/AIDS/STI/program.

“Up to now patuloy pa ring kumakalat ang sakit na ito dito sa ating bansa at napakarami ang naapektuhan dahil sa kakulangan ng kaalaman hindi lang tungo sa sakit kundi na rin sa taong may sakit.”

“What we need to do now is to increase HIV services and facilities including primary HIV Care Clinics at advocate for the HIV program to be in the mainstream of all our primary health care level facilities like the TB, nutrition and the vaccination program.”

“It is very important that program must be part of the local primary preventive aspect of health. Dapat sa lahat ng RHU, or CHO sa communilty level kasama ang HIV program,” he stated during the Virtual Awarding for LCEs conducted at the regional office on February 15, 2021.

“And it is best if we can advocate for a change regarding the law on the privacy of information of persons with HIV, because everyone should be informed and everyone has the right to know the persons who has it, especially when it comes to diseases, especially AIDS,” he emphasized.

Among the awardees who received plaques of recognition were Mayors Lani Mercado-Revilla. Jennifer Barzaga, Emmanuel L. Maliksi, Atty. Walfredo “Arman” R. Dimaguila Jr., Loreto S. Amante, Arlene B. Arcillas, Eric Africa, Andrea B. Ynares Johnielle Keith “kit” Pasion Nieto, Dennis L. Hernandez, Rex Manuel C. Tanjuatco, Marita T. Llamas; Governors Jonvic C. Remulla, Ramil L. Hernandez, Danilo E. Suarez and Medical Chiefs - Dr. Roman Siy Qui and Dr. Ramoncito C. Magnaye.

Certificates of recognition were also given to 39 individuals for their support to the STI/HIV/AIDS program in their community.

The recipients have extended their support by providing a 24/7 service from pre-counseling up to viral load testing through innovative strategies like remote counseling and consultation, meet ups and courier delivery of antiretroviral meds and other commodities. 

According to Janairo, CALABARZON is the second region with the most number of HIV cases with 12,321.

Cavite tops the list of provinces with the most cases with 4,371 followed by Rizal with 3,302, Laguna with 2,544, Batangas – 1,411 and Quezon – 693 cases.

Janairo also thank its partners in the implementation of the STI/HIV/AIDS program including USAID, Global Fund and the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.

“Let us work together to lower down our cases of HIV/AIDS,” he concluded.
 
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