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DOLE Intensifies AIDS/HIV Prevention Campaign to Workers


Date Posted: Mar 31, 2010


 

 

The increase of Filipinos who suffered from Human Immune Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is very alarming especially nowadays where more people are high risk of getting such disease.

 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said they will intensify its advocacy and prevention against HIV/AIDS among Filipino workers and workplaces in the Philippines.

 

Labor secretary Marianito Roque has already ordered the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) to strengthen their programs in reaching and informing workers about the HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors at the workplaces that may lead to having the infectious and still incurable disease.

 

Based on the latest statistics of Department of Health (DOH), the number of Filipinos positive with HIV/AIDS has increased. The data also shows that HIV/AIDS positives were 25-34 years old.

 

Roque also remind private and government-owned companies to educate their workers about HIV/AIDS and to set up a strong and comprehensive policy and programs that will deal with both prevention and elimination of discrimination of persons with HIV/AIDS.

 

Roque reminded both employees and employers that any form of discrimination against HIV/AIDS positives in workplaces is punishable by law.

 

Under Republic Act 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998 several laws and clarification were mentioned:

 

  • Discrimination against person(s) with HIV/AIDS is sanctioned
  • HIV/AIDS testing should not be required as a precondition for employment.
  • HIV/AIDS education programs should be given in all private and government offices and communities.
  • DOLE and DOH are mandated to supervise and monitor the implementation of the provisions of the RA8504 particularly the education and observance of the rights of HIV positive workers.

 

The OSHC continue to conduct advocacy, training and information campaigns on occupational safety and health (OSH) including HIV/AIDS prevention and control in workplaces.

 

From January 2009 to January 2010, a total of 3, 325 workers in 1, 160 companies have attended different seminars, trainings, and specialized learning sessions of OSHC on OSH and HIV/AIDS prevention and control.

 

The OSHC has already reached and taught more than 200,000 employees since 1998.

 

Copies of the HIV/AIDS primers are available at the OSHC main office in Quezon City and in their website at http://www.oshc.dole.gov.ph.

 

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