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Monday, November 24, 2008


The Olongapo City government in partnership with the Olongapo City AIDS Council (OCAC) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is gearing up for the observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2008.

The theme for World AIDS Day 2008 is “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise.”

A simple traditional parade will be held beginning at 4 o’clock in the afternoon from the Olongapo City Mall going to the Rizal Triangle Multi-Purpose Covered Court where a short program will follow headed by the OCAC under the guidance of Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr.

Various civic groups, representatives from the local government, NGO’S, students, and various establishments of the city are expected to attend the occasion . Delegates will wear white t-shirts with red ribbon. The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness and is worn by advocates all year round to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment.

The highlight of the celebration will be the ‘candle lighting’ that symbolizes the participation of Olongapo City in the World AIDS Day. It is also a way of remembering those who died of AIDS, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Part of the 20th celebration of the World AIDS Day in Olongapo is the ‘human ribbon formation’ which will be participated in by more than fifty (50) persons.

According to UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children, worldwide. Around ninety-five percent of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations.

The city government of Olongapo and the OCAC are continuously implementing programs for AIDS awareness and consciousness. For information on AIDS , call the AIDS hotline at telephone number 224-2437.


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