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
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:
The OSHC continue to conduct
advocacy, training and information campaigns on occupational safety and health
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
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
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