It may seem far-fetched for a highland rural community like Kiangan to be infected with AIDS and HIV but with social media, TV programs and a permissive environment for the youth, it is highly possible that some people may contract this disease which poses great risk, Guyguyon said.
There is therefore a need to organize the MAC that will spearhead the municipal government’s efforts in combating the spread of AIDS and HIV within the town to keep the area free from the many negative effects of this debilitating disease.
The Council is composed of the mayor as the chairperson and the Sangguniang Bayan chair of the Committee on Health as vice chairperson. Members are the Municipal Health Officer, heads of the Mun. Social Welfare office and Mun. Local Government office, Department of Health representative, Dept. of Education District Supervisor, Faith-based representative and civil society organization representative as members.
The Council shall basically undertake coordination work with both government and non-government organizations in monitoring the occurrence of HIV- AIDS in the municipality.
Moreover, the MAC shall endeavor to hold or sponsor a municipal-wide information and education campaigns to make the people fully aware about HIV-AIDS, how these are contracted, how to avoid being infected and what to do in the event of having contracted the disease, among others.
The creation of the MAC is in compliance to a DILG memorandum circular to support the implementation of the Philippine AIDS Preventive and Control Act of 1998.(JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)