THE House of Representatives has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the reconciled version of a bill which seeks to strengthen the Philippine Comprehensive Policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) treatment, care and support.
The measure harmonized House Bill (HB) No. 6617, principally authored by Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao and Senate Bill (SB) No. 1390 by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, repealing for the purpose Republic Act (RA) No. 8504, otherwise known as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998.”
The bill provides that the Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC), established under RA No. 8504, otherwise known as the “Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998”, shall be reconstituted and streamlined to ensure the implementation of the country’s response to the HIV and AIDS situation.
The PNAC shall be an agency attached to the Department of Health (DoH) with a separate budget under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) and shall have its own secretariat and staffing pattern that shall be headed by an executive director.