DILG Region III as member of the Regional AIDS Assistance Team (RAAT), conducted two (2) batches of Forum on Human Immunodeficiency Virus- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS) at Information and Communication Technology High School (ICTHS) and at Pampanga High School (PHS), both in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga on November 8, 2012.
The Forum aimed to provide awareness and advocacy on the correct information about the disease and the proper guidance for its prevention and control among the youth. It was imparted thru the expertise of HIV-AIDS Advocate, Dr. Ferchito L. Avelino, ARD of DOH Bicol Region to about 800 students from the different schools in the City who will serve as HIV-AIDS advocates in their respective schools.
The activity was highlighted by the testimonials of the two (2) persons living with HIV which served as an eye-opener for the students to refrain from being inflicted with the virus.
RD Florida M. Dijan, in her message, quoted our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal has said, “that the youth are the hope of our Fatherland.” Thus, reminded/advised the students to get away from AIDS and get away from drugs for the realization of their dreams of a happy life.