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PIA Press Release
2010/02/11

Solon wants probe on HIV/AIDS fund

Davao City (11 February) -- Amid alarming reports on the rise of HIV/AIDS cases in the Philippines, Rep. Janet Garin of the 1st District of Iloilo calls on the government to assess and investigate its intervention on the awareness of the Filipinos on the issue.

Rep. Garin laments that the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, one of country's biggest donor for HIV and AIDS programs, suspended all five of its grants to the Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF) in the Philippines after reports of unauthorized expenditure.

An investigation by the Office of the Inspector General revealed that around 1 Million US dollars out of the total 85 million US dollar disbursements were spent on activities beyond the terms of the grant agreement.

TDF was supervised by the Department of Health through the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) co-chaired by the Department of Health Secretary.

She calls on concerned authorities to take the necessary actions to know what really transpired and what the accountability of the Department of Health is, as it performs a supervisory role in the implementation of the Global Fund Grants.

Rep. Garin said, "we are not doing enough to ensure effective programs to combat HIV and AIDS in the country. The mismanagement of the funds from the country's biggest donor for health programs is one proof of the lack of seriousness in fighting this disease."

"As a medical doctor, I am disheartened that this happened to one of our foreign partners in improving the health outcomes in this country for years", she added. (PIA) [top]

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