Quezon City STIHIVAIDS Council


The 1998 AIDS Law stipulates that every LGU in the country should have an AIDS council, supported by contributions from each of the member departments. The Quezon City STD and AIDS Council (QCSAC), established in 1999, is tasked with setting the direction of and coordinating AIDS and STD prevention programs in the city that are implemented by the LGU and non-government organizations. Alongside the Quezon City Health Department, the QCSAC formulates policies and guidelines, and coordinates activities and funding for the AIDS response. Members include all departments and offices of the city government, the Philippine Red Cross, CSOs (including organizations serving key affected populations) and others. It is chaired by the Mayor, with the Head of the City Health Department as the co-chair.

The QCSAC aims to be a model AIDS council, with a defined budget from each department, however small. The Council meets every month, and minutes go to the Mayor, department heads, stakeholder organisations, etc. Many, if not all, of the NGO implementers/partners are invited to the monthly QCSAC meetings even if they are not members. All implementers and development partners are invited to an annual HIV/AIDS program implementation review (PIR) to evaluate progress and plan for the next cycle. As of the beginning of 2014, this will take place on a quarterly basis.

Quezon City has issued a number of local ordinances in support of the AIDS response, the first of them predating the 1998 AIDS Law. The key ordinances are:

  • Ordinance SP-380, S-95 1996: institutionalised   Quezon   City‟s   prevention campaign against HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Ordinance SP-838, S-99 1999: formed the Quezon City STD/AIDS Council (QCSAC), defined its functions and membership, as part of the City‟s response to the of HIV, AIDS and other STD.
  • Ordinance SP 1053, S-2001, or the Quezon City AIDS Prevention and Control Ordinance: strengthened the QCSAC by giving it a mandate to ensure the comprehensive implementation of five STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Policies, including the availability of prophylactics and other information materials in all registered entertainment establishments.
  • Ordinance SP-2210, S-2013, “an ordinance prohibiting all for perceived or suspected or even found to be positively infected with HIV in workplaces within the   territorial   jurisdiction   of  Quezon   City.”
  • Resolution No. 004, Series of 2016, Resolution on supporting the creation and adoption of a “Comprehensive TransgenderPrograminQuezonCity andHealththeCreation of TransHealth  Wellness  Clinic”.
  • Resolution No. 005, Series of 2016, Resolution on the Adoption of on HIV, AIDS and STI for High School Students in
  • Executive Order No. 5, Series of 2016, “An Order Institutionalizing as a Strategy for Strengthening-HIV/AIDSPreventionand Controlthe ProgramCity‟s STI Especially among Key Affected Population.
  • Ordinance No. Sp-2357, Series of 2014,  “an   OrdinanceomprehensiveProviding   forAnti-Discrimination Policy on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression   (SOGIE)”.
  • Ordinance No. Sp-2249, Series of 2013,  “An   Ordinance  Establishing   KKlinika Bernardo as a comprehensive Sexual Health Care Clinic Under the Quezon   City  Health   Depart ·  Ordinance SP-2504, S-2016, amending ordinance SP 1053, S-2001,  entitled   the   „Q City  STI,  HIV   and   AIDS  Prevention   and   Control   Or commitment of QC to the HIV response, strengthened QCSAC, strengthened anti-discrimination legislation, recognizing the rights to care, treatment and dignity of all people living with HIV.
  • Mayoral executive order 5, 2016was “an order institutionalizing strategy for strengthening-HIV/AIDSprevention theandcontrolcity‟sprogramespeciallySTIamong key affectedsic]mentioningpopulation”MSMandTGWasthe[most-at-risk and most urgent target audience for peer education. It called for the following:
  • The appointment of a formal peer education coordinator
  • Establishing qualification standards for recruitment of peer educators o The definition of standards for their role and responsibilities
  • The institutionalization of continued training and skills-building of peer educators, rather than one-off training events;
  • The development of a supervision structure for peer educators
  • Better M&E of the results of peer education on the overall response to HIV of Quezon City.

A review of Ordinance 1053 in 2011 by ACHIEVE for the Local Government Academy, with UN support, found several shortcomings in the implementation of its major provisions.[3]

Moreover, there may be a need to update the legislation (which focused on HIV prevention among FSW) to better reflect the changing profile of the epidemic in Quezon City.

Following PNAC‟s identification of Quezon City in 2012 as accelerated HIV and AIDS response, the City became a focus for intensified technical assistance

and capacity development under the UN Joint Programme on AIDS, facilitated by UNAIDS and a number of its co-sponsors.

In 2012, PNAC nominated Quezon City as the Philippi Zero initiative (based on criteria that included epidemic burden, available epidemiological, programmatic and policy information, and potential for good-neighbor influence among other priority areas), and in 2013 implemented a Rapid Assessment Survey as an initial step in strengthening the localization of AIDS responses among LGUs.


  1. Mayor’s Office
  2. Office of the Vice Mayor
  3. Office of Councilor Sotto
  4. Quezon City Health Department (QCHD)
  5. Social Service Development Department (SSDD)
  6. Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO)
  7. Division of City Schools
  8. City Budget Department
  9. Public Employment Service Office (PESO)
  10. Barangay Operations Center (BOC)
  11. Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC-QC)
  12. Quezon City Police Deistrict (QCPD)
  13. City Administrator Office
  14. City Planning
  15. Public Affairs and information Services Office (PAISO)
  16. Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS)
  17. Liga ng mga Barangay
  18. City Legal Department
  19. The Gender and Development Council
  20. Novaliches District Hospital
  21. Local Department of Interior and Local Government
  22. Quezon City Pride Council
  23. Quezon City Medical Center and General Hospital
  24. City Budget


  1. Action for Health Initiative, Inc. (ACHIEVE)
  2. AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP)
  3. Department of Health - National Capitol Region (DOH-NCR)
  4. The Lovelife Project for health and Environment (LOVELIFE)
  5. Philippine NGO Council on Population Health & Welfare, INC. (PNGOC)
  6. Pilipinas Shell Foundation
  7. St. Camillus Woodwater - Center for Healing
  8. United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  9. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
  10. World Health Organization (WHO)
  11. PINOY PLUS Advocacy