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The Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated

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TLY 3S EOI #03 Call for Expression of Interest

Project: Construction of HIV Testing Hub in Pasig City

Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) in partnership with Loveyourself, Inc. are in the process of developing and constructing of another clinic for HIV testing and
prevention under the 3S Project in Pasig City. PAFPI, on behalf of Loveyourself, Inc. hereby request for expression of interest from eligible and competent contractors to submit pre-qualification information for construction / refurbishment of clinics in Pasig City, which includes the following major components:

a. Make measurements of the rented space for the clinics
b. Design effective floor plan for efficient clinic operation
c. Construction of the space and interior finishing
d. Refurbishment and installation of fixture (air-con, etc.)
e. Electrical Installations.

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INVITATION TO BID: Ethnographic Study of Males who have Sex with Males (MSM) based on the Results of the Venue-Specific Analysis of the 2013 IHBSS

Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI), an organization currently working as Sub Recipient on the Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Treatment, Care and Support Component to the Global Fund Round 6 (GFR6) HIV and AIDS Project in the Philippines, with the Department of Health (DOH) as Principal Recipient, is currently organizing the hiring of Consultant to implement an Ethnographic Study of Males who have Sex with Males (MSM) based on the results of the venue-specific analysis of the 2013 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS).

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Contributed by: Fantasy X, Dian Street

I will never forget the moment this girl asked me why am I volunteering for Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (PAFPI). She assumed that I am not an HIV positive individual and that I am not an affected family member either. But when I told her that I am a client and that I was diagnosed last May 29, 2013 at Manila Social Hygiene Clinic, I saw how surprised she was.

After that conversation, we made it a point to share countless moments of laughter and endless jokes every time we cross our paths. I wonder if there’s a reason behind her smile. I suddenly had the urge to ask her about it. And here’s her story.

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This is my first time to deliver a testimony about my HIV status in front of several unfamiliar faces since I was diagnosed. It feels like I am transported back to a time wherein I am lying on a bed and some of the patients near me were slowly dying. I’ll never forget how life consumed each and every soul beside me. I can hardly see the difference between what I went through on that situation and the feeling I have right now. The similarity is so uncanny that it gave me chills just thinking about it.

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Contributed by: Joan delos Reyes Bassig

When you’re burnt out from work, what do you do? When you’ve come to realize that no matter how much you love what you do, working 12 hours a day will not bring you success the way you thought it would. What now?

I decided to volunteer. I had a good talk with a friend of mine whom I haven’t seen for a year. He’s been doing volunteer work at PAFPI and he showed me his plans to help PAFPI become a sustainable NGO. Growing up, my mom would encourage us to volunteer to various churches and school activities. So I thought, this should be pretty straightforward.

It was not; it was more like learning a new culture, with its own language and expressions. Every Friday at PAFPI takes me to the Land of Sailor-moon, costume play and the like. Sex is always the hottest topic, next to hot celebrities and beauty pageants, both local and international. Now and then someone would start to catwalk and everyone else would follow suit. Suddenly, a flash of nostalgia would creep up, of a life that was. I can feel their pain, it’s overwhelming. I am learning a lot from these people; life, love, acceptance, family, sacrifice, hope and so much more. I love every minute of it.

 

One of the most prominent ways in order for college professors to give their students a high grade is a research paper or a thesis containing a topic untouched by many. This is what transpired for the past few months of seeing students from different universities,  come and go at the drop-in centers of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).

Although some few students who made HIV and AIDS their chosen field of interest immersed themselves just for the purpose of having a high grade or simply passing the required paper,  it was all good since visiting the drop-in centers would give HIV and AIDS peer educators a chance to share their stories. And even though a handful won’t even dare to share a meal with people living with HIV, it was still an opportunity for peer educators to give the right information that sharing of food and eating together would not harm them and would not give them HIV.

HIV and AIDS educators / counselors do understand that it was human nature to fear what people don’t know and understand. Talking and sharing HIV / AIDS information to these students would help address HIV and AIDS misconceptions and hopefully eradicate the unfounded fear and stigma about the virus. So if you want to know more about HIV and AIDS, please do give us a visit at 2613 Dian St., Malate, Manila.

Two Site Implementation Officers (SIO)

to be assigned at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSSMC),
Cebu City

One Registered Social Worker

Please send your resume to:
Mr. Rodel G. Navarra
Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Contributed by: Renee (Malate, Manila: April 7, 2014)

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I was given the opportunity to share my story to several doctors, midwives and nurses for a Tuberculosis and HIV Collaboration Seminar in Angeles, Pampanga last week. By the time I entered the venue I have no idea what to expect since that was only my second time to disclose about my situation. I was nervous and shaking. One doctor even asked me to keep it natural and relaxed.

It feels like I’m about to dive deep in the middle of an ocean full of sharks about to devour my soul. The speaker gave a signal and I joined the participants who were seated in a circular manner. All I saw was their eyes looking at me and waiting for my first few words. I almost choked on my own words, but felt as if I’ve been doing this for a long time as I continue to utter the phrases I needed.

There is no level at which I can describe the elation of disclosing my status as an HIV positive individual to several people I have never met before. I remember the time when I denied all allegations about me being HIV positive. Looking back at myself and comprehending my journey made me realize how clueless I was back then about HIV or AIDS. All my fears flushed down the toilet as they were replaced by an emerging feeling of confidence and strength to continue living a positive and normal life.

 

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For the past few months of being a volunteer for Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (PAFPI), I’ve seen people from different walks of life share their stories to motivate newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals. Not only are they opening themselves to the possibility of new found friendship, but most importantly to give a physical and visual illustration of how a person living with HIV (PLHIV) regain the strength and confidence to continue what they started.

Helping others may seem like you are on a charity event, but there’s more to helping than spending time and energy for a cause. Perhaps one of the things that I learned from volunteering for PAFPI is the real meaning of contentment and joy. I’ve been consumed with activities involving learning group sessions and focus group discussions that I forgot how contented I am with what I have been doing.

Volunteering gave me a new meaning to the word ‘growth’ in which I don’t need to gain financial incentives in order to feel productive, happy and satisfied. Simple things that I already am experiencing through helping people who share the same situation as mine and people who are affected by it.

 

Celestino A. Ramirez, Vice President and Training Director of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Incorporated (PAFPI), was invited to speak for a capacity building among TB-DOTS facilities service providers from 17 local government units (LGUs) around the National Capital Region. Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) supported the two-part event entitled “Tuberculosis or TB and HIV Collaboration Seminar” was last March 26-28 and April 2-4, 2014 in Angeles, Pampanga. The event was in partnership with the Department of Health National Capital Region Office (DoH-NCRO) and was attended by representatives from different LGUs, doctors, midwives and nurses.

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In line with PAFPI’s mission statement to contribute to the national response in advocacy and prevention, Ramirez invited two people living with HIV (PLHIV) to give testimonies about the hardships and successes of dealing with the virus. This is also in line with the organization’s advocacy to educate the public on how a person living with HIV can surpass the borders of depression through proper guidance and quality counseling services.

The two PLHIVs were encouraged to share their stories and to give meaning and depth to the seminar by providing insights on how someone feels after being diagnosed with HIV. The whole experience gave participants a glimpse on the challenges brought by the virus. This also educates the participants on the kind of support that PLHIVs need.

 

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