by: Jamie So
In observance of the World AIDS Day, the City Government of San Fernando, through the initiative of the City Health Office (CHO), has partnered with the Department of Health, La Union Medical Society, JCI San Fernando Saluyot and The Red Whistle in a bid to show support and raise awareness on the pandemic disease.
RED COLOR RUN - Volunteers participated in the Red Color Run along F. Ortega Highway as part of the celebration of the World AIDS Day. (Photo by: Erwin Beleo)
On December 1, the City Health Office conducted various activities for the whole day such as Red Color Run, Spoken Poetry Contest among schools, HIV Counseling and free HIV Blood Testing. CHO also organized a Torch Parade which was attended by hundreds of individuals from different schools, government agencies, organizations, health institutions and volunteers. Also present in the parade were Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega, Mayor Hermenegildo “Dong” Gualberto, Vice Mayor Alfredo Pablo Ortega and other City Councilors.
TORCH PARADE - Governor Pacoy Ortega, Mayor Dong Gualberto, Vice Mayor Alfredo Ortega and City Councilors joins the Torch Parade last December 1, 2017. (Photo by: Clifford Mercado)
Furthermore, last November 29 and 30, CHO along with its partnered organizations visited educational institutions and barangays to conduct an HIV Caravan, which aims to educate the youth about the ill effects of the disease, to encourage everyone to break the stigma, and to provide the public with the right information to further prevent the spread of the virus.
HIV Caravan - Speaker from the Red Whistle raises awareness about the HIV/AIDS disease. (Photo by: John Russelle Barrientos)
HIV Caravan - A student avails the free HIV Blood Testing last November 29, 2017 as part of the celebration of the World AIDS Day. (Photo by: John Russelle Barrrientos)
Among the schools who participated were Don Mariano Marcos State University, La Finn’s Scholastica, La Union National High School, Lorma Colleges, Northern Philippines College for Maritime Science and Technology, Sea and Sky College, Saint Louis College and Union Christian College. In addition, the barangays who joined were Barangay 1, 2, 3, 4, Ilocanos Norte, Ilocanos Sur, Lingsat, Poro, Sevilla and Tanqui.
The celebration was made possible because of the city’s partnerships with G Group of Companies headed by Ms. Gnet Segundo, Halo Halo de Iloko headed by Mr. Xavier Mercado, JCI San Fernando Saluyot headed by President Randy Berner, LU BBQ headed by Ross Nisce, and Arubayan ni Ysabelle headed by John Miranda.