The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12 recently ended the Women’s Month celebration through an orientation on HIV/AIDS that was aimed at educating the women and girls who composed the Home For Girls in Koronadal City.

Nelia Ignacio, head of the Home for Girls said, “I am grateful that our girls-residents were chosen as beneficiaries of this orientation activity because of the alarming spread of this disease particularly in SOCSKSARGEN region.”

“I hope that our girls-residents were able to get a deeper understanding about the disease and were also able to learn how to prevent them from acquiring such incurable disease”, she said during her speech before less than 50 participants.

Zorahayda Taha, director of DSWD 12 expressed support to this education campaign. “With the advent of the new trends, we cannot allow our children to be affected by this disease”, she pointed out in an interview.

According to the latest data, the number of HIV/AIDS victims are becoming higher.

John Arlo Codilla, the resource person on HIV/AIDS orientation believed that the younger generation deserves a modest life in their growing years.

He said, “HIV is a virus that attacks the human immune system and we are afraid that many people will be infected by such deadly virus.”

According to Codilla, there is a total of 225 HIV/AIDS cases that were already reported in Region 12. “We need to be educated about how the virus is being transmitted for us to help eradicate AIDS disease.