National Programs on STI, HIV and AIDS through the years










First AIDS case reported





Serosurveys conducted by US-Naval Medical Research Unit-2, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and Bureau of Research and Laboratories





HIV/AIDS declared a notifiable disease





DOH AIDS Registry established




  • Medium Term Plan I drafted and approved
  • National AIDS Prevention and Control Program  created




Policy Guidelines of HIV Infection/AIDS Prevention and Control drafted and ratified





National HIV Sentinel Surveillance formulated




  • Bilateral agreements for AIDS Surveillance and Education Project was signed between the Philippines and the USA
  • Creation of the Philippine National AIDS Council through Executive Order No. 39




  • STD Control program integrated to the AIDS control program, now called National AIDS/STD Prevention and Control Program




  • Medium Term Plan II drafted
  • Communication Plan drafted
  • Pinoy Plus organized – an organization of people with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines




  • Bahay Lingap (Halfway Home of Asymptomatic HIV Positive Filipinos) inaugurated
  • Philippine National HIV/AIDS Strategy developed and endorsed by President Fidel V. Ramos
  • STD Treatment Guidelines formulated
  • Policy Guidelines on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control revised
  • Hosted the 3rd ASEAN Task Force on AIDS (ATFOA)




  • National STD Case Management Guidelines formulated Presidential Proclamation No. 888 signed – declaring 1997 as National AIDS Prevention Year
  • Decision to host the 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific made
  • Commencement of implementation of foreign assisted projects Philippines
  • AusAID Model Community Health/STD Facilities in Commercial Sex Areas in the Philippines
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency Project for the Prevention and Control STD
  • SEAMEO – GTZ Control of HIV/AIDS/ STD Partnership Project in the Asian Region (CHASPPAR) Monitoring STD/AIDS Service Delivery Through Information System




  • STD/AIDS declared a priority program of the Secretary of Health
  • Policy and Strategies for STD/HIV/AIDS Intervention in the Workplace launched by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
  • Implementation of Memorandum Order No. 495 s. 1996 Integrating HIV/AIDS education in all schools nationwide by the Department of Education Culture and Sports
  • STD/AIDS information system and AIDS Home page developed
  • 4th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific held in Manila on October 25 – 29 at the Philippine International Convention Center
  • Guidelines on the Entry of People with HIV/AIDS to the Philippines endorsed by the Department of Foreign Affairs through Circular No. 214-97
  • Commencement of HIV/AIDS education among the Department of Interior and Local Government Staff
  • Strengthening of collaboration with the Philippine Information Agency on STD/AIDS mass media campaign
  • Collaboration with NGOs targeting vulnerable groups
  • Unveiling of the AIDS monument
  • Hosting of the ASEAN GO/NGO Community Partnership on AIDS Prevention Education and Treatment on November 20 – 22,1997