According to presidential spokesperson and legal counsel Salvador Panelo, the president enacted the law after the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed that the Philippines has one of the highest increase of new HIV cases. “We laud our lawmakers including various stakeholders who immensely contributed to the passage of an updated legal framework addressing HIV and AIDS. This piece of landmark legislation will significantly reduce the stigma of people living with HIV or AIDS,” Panelo said.
Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who is the principal authors of the law, announced the passage on Twitter. “Today, we change the course of this rising epidemic, [and] hopefully, help usher in an AIDS-free generation,” she wrote. Sen. Grace Poe echoed this sentiment as well on her Twitter account.
Many lives have been unecessarily lost due to AIDS, including the lives of many young people. Today, we change the course of this rising epidemic, & hopefully, help usher in an AIDS-free generation. pic.twitter.com/0wvB4gVpyU
Masaya tayo na ganap na batas na ang Strengthened HIV/AIDS Law para sa matibay at epektibong implementasyon ng mga programang tugon natin sa HIV at AIDS. Para ito sa kapakanan at kalusugan ng lahat ng Pilipino sa gitna ng hamon ng nasabing karamdaman. #SalamatPoe#TrabahoPOEpic.twitter.com/uasj7JfUah
As an advocate for HIV/AIDS Awareness, the Provincial Youth Commission – Cebu Province is delighted upon hearing the passage of RA 11166 or the Philippine HIV & AIDS Policy Act of 2018. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/6r15sLJLR2
— Provincial Youth Commission – Cebu Province (@PYCCebuProvince) January 10, 2019
"R.A. 11166 — Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018"
May the approval of this legislation change the public's perception and reduce the stigma of people living with HIV/AIDS here in PH. Let them feel that they are still one of us and start educating ourselves. pic.twitter.com/cs9NgCyexN