THE revitalized Local AIDS Council in coordination with Save the Children Philippines is supporting the #SaveSexy event on November 18. It is a project of The Red Whistle, a Manila-based youth oriented HIV awareness campaign that uses social media as its main platform, conducts interactive HIV 101 orientations and shares HIV information materials and condoms with the youth in different cities in the country. A similar activity was held last year in this city.
The Local AIDS Council as mandated by City Ordinance 10022-2006 is the central advisory, planning and policy making body on the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in Cagayan de Oro City. It is chaired by Mayor Oscar Moreno. Councilor Ma. Lourdes Gaane, chair of the committee on health, is the vice chair.
As proof of its resurgence, the Local AIDS Council has requested an annual 2018 operating budget of P2.45 million which has been included in the mayor’s executive budget. With the support of the City Council under the stewardship of Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy, “we are confident that the Local AIDS Council would finally have the ways and means to make an impact on the city’s anti-AIDS campaign.”
“HIV/AIDS is the city’s top health concern. It is unfortunate that it predominantly affects our teens and young adults. Worse, majority of the infection is transmitted by men having sex with men. Thus, we have to engage and involve our youth in this undertaking towards ultimately stopping and preventing the spread of the dreaded disease,” Gaane said.
“We call on all Cagayanons, most especially the youth, to join us in the Local AIDS Council’s advocacy of eradicating the HIV/AIDS disease in our lifetime. Supporting and patronizing this annual event would be a good start towards this goal,” she added. PR
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