The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has urged the Department of Health (DOH) to declare a national emergency after what it called “an epic increase” in cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the country.
Gerard Seno, executive vice president of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said the government should implement “stand-by strategies” to prevent more HIV cases.
TUCP spokesman Alan Tanjusay said the labor center called on the government to mobilize its massive political and economic resources to stop the spread of the virus.
The group cited the 2014 Global AIDS Response Progress Report to be submitted by Philippine government to the United Nations, claiming that the country has failed to meet the 2015 target of reducing HIV spread.
Tanjusay said HIV cases in the country endanger key affected populations and most vulnerable sectors.
The Philippines is reportedly ranked seventh among countries in the world with increasing incidence of HIV cases.