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Samar provincial AIDS council launches 2008 World AIDS Day commemoration

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (November 24) -- Samar provincial AIDS Council (SPAC) along with stakeholders will be launching a whole week of activities to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008.

From an invitation penned by Sangguniang Panlalawigan member, Hon. Eunice Babalcon, the organizers which included the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), provincial health office, Kartada han Samar, Waraya, Samar State University, Samar College, media groups and other stakeholders will bond together to push their advocacy.

Organizers aim to lead the response to AIDS as it believes that everyone can contribute to push awareness on AIDS-from standing up against stigma and discrimination to educating oneself about HIV prevention.

This year's theme says it all "Stop AIDS. Keep the promise-Leadership".

Today, SPAC et el will have a launch at the Catbalogan City Plaza through commemorative program that will feature a situationer video on the dreaded HIV/AIDS, messages from the OIC City Mayor Herminia Cabral and the City health Officer, Dr. Senecia Yong.

Another special attraction will be the unveiling of the 2008 World AIDS Day (WAD) icon.

Stakeholders are also urged to hang streamers re AIDS awareness in their offices and establishments.

Presscons, radio and TV guestings, theatre arts presentation and a symposium are all lined up to push for awareness and advocacy by the Jaycees (JCI) Balud Inc., all these will cap into joining the whole world in its commemoration on December 1, the date designated for AIDS Day.

ON December 1, 2008, Samarnons will "jog for a cause" around the city streets to invite attention to the silent killer of the century.

Last year, SPAC remembered WAD through telling the public that a person with AIDS need not scare people by presenting a pretty woman in her early 30's from Luzon who was brave enough to admit that she had HIV.

She gamely told her story in public and admonished people with multiple partners to stay faithful.

She also pleaded to the public to understand them and not to discriminate People living with AIDS or (PWA). (PIA-Samar) [top]

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