Sen. Miriam Santiago says 13-year-old PH HIV-AIDS law now passé, files new bill to address epidemic

Interaksyon.com reports that Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed Bill No. 3072, which "seeks to establish a National HIV and AIDS Plan that would create a road map on HIV and AIDS with clear strategies, targets, framework, and funding."

Interaksyon.com reports that Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago has filed Bill No. 3072, which "seeks to establish a National HIV and AIDS Plan that would create a road map on HIV and AIDS with clear strategies, targets, framework, and funding."


Santiago deemed it necessary to file the new bill because Republic Act 8504 or the HIV and Prevention and Control Act, which was enacted in 1998, has been "outpaced" by the spread of HIV. In a statement released to the media on Wednesday, November 30, Santiago explained: "The preventive interventions that it prescribes are no longer fully aligned with what years of experience and evidence on HIV prevention recommend."

The senator also observed: "The response to the epidemic has been marked with complacency, lack of political leadership, and reckless disregard of evidence-informed strategies and approaches that could prevent the spread of the virus."

 

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