PAFPI was the only chosen HIV NGO in the Philippines to be the beneficiary of the National Gift Auction of the 65th Miss Universe competition. The Auction was held on January 23, 2017, at the Forbes Ballroom of the Conrad Hotel. Each of the 87 contenders for the title of Miss Universe donated a gift from their home countries. The gifts were put up for bids at the event. Ten items were put up for live auction in the ballroom, while the rest were auctioned by silent bidding. PAFPI was chosen through Pass it Forward, which is the official charity partner of the 65th Miss Universe competition.
The auction was huge success. The amount raised will be a tremendous importance for PAFPI’s possibility to continue working to help persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Furthermore, the event itself was a milestone in the fight against stigma and discrimination. All of this was made possible by your choice of PAFPI as the beneficiary. For that, PAFPI’s board, our employees, our volunteers as well as the many recipients of PAFPI’s assistance are truly honoured and grateful.
The high record of HIV incidence for October 2016, which accounts to 819 new HIV cases, can be attributed to the intensive HIV education of the government through the Department of Health (DOH) and Non-Government organizations like the Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI), shared by Rodel Navarra, PAFPI’s Chief Operating Officer.
“Addressing the psychological and social problems of people living with HIV and their affected families is crucial that is why we have trained counselors and peer educators to provide psychosocial support to our clients,” explained Mr. Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI).
According to the HIV and AIDS Registry of the Department of Health (DoH) released last June 2016, the number of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) comprised about 12% of the total HIV cases wherein 84% are male with an average age of 32. Due this, Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) partnered with manning agencies to ensure that departing OFWs are armed with enough knowledge about HIV and AIDS.
Services That You Can Avail Through PAFPI’s Abot Kamay Drop-in Center Project
It has been sixteen years since Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI) and the Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA penned a partnership to provide essential services to people living with HIV (PLHIV), their affected families (AF), and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Rodel Navarra, Chief Operating Officer of PAFPI, explained that the partnership brought forth the PAFPI-Abot Kamay Drop-in Center (AKDC) Project on its sixteenth year “The objectives of the project remain the same. That is to prevent the spread of STI, HIV and AIDS amongst OFWs, their families, and local seafarers,” he said.