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First Quarter, Issue 1

Cebuplus Association Incorporated Quarterly Newsletter

CPAI launches Cebu Mobile Plus


ebruary 14, 2013 – Cebuplus Association, Inc, was the first CBO in the Philippine to be granted by Stop Aids Now (SAN-Funds) through The Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health & Welfare (PNGOC) for its first ever mobile VCT (voluntary counseling & testing), with the name CEBU MOBILE PLUS. It will roam around in areas of Cebu City, Cebu Province and soon to other provinces in Central and Eastern Visayas.

During the grand launching, present were Rempelita “Ita” Tambonan from Jakarta Indonesia, Isean Hivos Program Manager, Miss Mariluz Tejares, Deputy Executive Director of PNGOC and National Program Manager of Isean HIvos and Ranier Naldoza, Field Coordinator for Isean Hivos Program. And some volunteers from RE-YOU and The BACHELORS. The whole program was hosted by Irish Arnado. Welcome remark was addressed by Cebuplus President, Sir Jerson T. See. Both Ms. Tambunan and Ms. Tejares also

L—R: Ranier Naldoza, Ms. Rempelita “Ita” Tambunan, Jerson T. See & Ms. Mariluz Tejares

Ms Tambunan handed over the key to CPAI President Jerson See. And everyone had the first glimpse of what’s inside the van.

gave each of their inspiring words and wishes for the whole organization and for the success of the project.

A fully upholstered van with red and black interior. Shiny, black exterior with red rim and tinted windows. Four center chairs that faces each other for extraction and counseling.

“This is something new, and I will show this to other countries”, said Ms. Tambunan “I’m really inspired to see young, active advocates, I will continue to support Cebuplus even if ever I will be no longer part of the program”, highlighted from Ms. Tejares. Ms. Rempelita “Ita” Tambunan

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After then the ribbon cutting ,

Then afterward everyone shared, a typical “boodle fight” dinner with everything Filipino food; dried mangoes, dried fish and other grilled cooking. Ms. Mariluz Tejares

Everyone was stomach full ready for the first roll of the mobile vct.

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CPAI celebrates Sinulog 2013

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anuary 20, 2013 - Cebuplus Association, Inc., in partnership with SK Federation of Cebu City join the grandest and most colorful festival in Philippines, Sinulog. With its theme: “Cebu going Diamond�. Days before the said celebration, a very huge 10 wheeler truck was converted by staff and volunteers of CPAI and member of SK Federation into a colorful festive float adorn with celebrated image of Sto. Nino de Cebu. On the festival day, as early as 4am, CPAI staff, volunteers of RE-YOU, The BACHELORS and members from SK Federation were already on the street. Practicing the basic Sinulog steps while waiting for their grand entrance at the Abellana Sports

Complex, were all contingents will present their own rendition of the traditional Sinulog Dance and their colorful floats. After that they have to go into the entire carousel parade , that runs 17 km stretch on the street of Cebu so the public outside can witness different dances, colors and beat. It was a really fun filled day, despite the scorching heat of the sun. No one cares about it as long they dance the whole parade with the rhythmic drum beats. The whole day event end up around 8pm back to the starting point. With everyone tired but smiling and still on their festive sprit. Hopefully next year Cebuplus will join again Sinulog, and maybe that time they will join the Dance Mardigra. It was indeed the grandest festival in the Philippines One Beat, One Dance, One Vision!

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School Caravan: HIV/AIDS Orientation


y the start of the year 2013, colleges and universities in Cebu City invited Cebuplus to conduct a HIV/AIDS orientation for their students. Its all about Reaching Out, Increase Awareness and Reducing Risk. Actively, University of Cebu, Banilad Campus had its orientation three times in different places and classes. Cebu Institute of Technology-University had it for their engineering student. University of San Jose-Recoletos also had their orientation to help them on their final projects. Lastly, the College of Technological Sciences-Cebu. And still there are more schools and universities coming in to have their own HIV/AIDS Orientation.

NSTP-CWTS 2 HIV/AIDS prevention seminar of University of Banilad last February 16, 2013 at Barangay Kasambagan

HIV/AIDS prevention seminar of University of San Jose-Recoletos at Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Banawa, Cebu City

HIV/AIDS Orientation of Cebu Institute of Technology — Engineering Department

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HIV/AIDS Orientation in College of Tecnological-Sciences

HIV/AIDS Orientation in Cebu Technological University

Meyick Luison, Irish Arnado and Dane Pasicaran at University of Cebu, Banilad Campus HIV/AIDS Orientation at Brgy. Luz, Cebu City

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Give Love on Valentines Day


s part of the sustainability program to help PLHIV and their affected families. Cebuplus had its garage sale for a cause on the morning of February 14, 2013. Donated and shared used clothing and other branded items from doctors, friends and volunteers were sold into very affordable prizes. Volunteers from The B.A.C.H.E.L.O.R.S. were the one who fore fronted in the selling of all items while some of them went outside on the street, distributing flyers for the event to bring in possible shopper.

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Proceeds will go to PLHIV who are underprivileged. To assist on their medical needs and all. We would like to thank those all kind hearted people who donated their used items to be worthy use for those who need more: Mr. Jerwin See, Amanda Vu, Eunice Paradiang, Mae Ann Baniel, Mary Anne Verde, April Jufilyn Mercado, Janice Navarro, Abel Alera. Arjun Suzon Siegan and many more. Hoping that next year again, another successful garage sale would turn out to help more PLHIV in the future. So share your love everyday!

Public Awareness: DYRC Radio Interview


ast February 19, 2013. Public Awareness campaign was brought up by the DY Radio Calungsod on their program “DYRC Dangpanan�. Invited to discuss about the current issue of HIV in Cebu City were Dr. Ilya Tac-an of Cebu City Health Department, Dr. Chamberlain Agtuca of Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and CPAI President Jerson See. Dr. Chamberlain Agtuca, Dr Ilya Tac-an, Gene Anthony Valenzuela and Jerson See

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Cebu Mobile Plus Outreach


ebruary 14, 2013 - Everyone geared up for the first run of the Cebu Mobile Plus. With a team of two counselors and two peer educator, one med-tech and one immediate supervisor. With Ms. Tambunan and Ms Tejares and Mr. Naldoza as observant for the whole operation. The whole team proceeded to a Barangay in the south district of Cebu City. On a certain area in that Barangay, 18 MSM and TG gathered up to join the VCT. Then both peer educator started to educate the two groups about HIV; its transmission and prevention. While the other support give out free condoms and lubricants for those participants. 8 individuals willingly took the test.

A respondents with a CPAI counselor.

Doc Chamberlain Agtuca from Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center extracting blood from a respondent.

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Operation Clean Up, Livelihood Program


he team of Cebuplus Association, Inc. went for a weekend get away to the mountain Barangay of Adlaon in Cebu City to spend time for a short relaxation and for a clean up drive. A hectare lot will be converted to a livelihood area. Piggery, vegetable plantation and for other livelihood earning program. The whole team arrive on the area around 11am. Once there half of the team started to clean up first the “bahay kubo”, sorting out trashes and other things that might still be useful. While others are preparing lunch, the usual boodle fight!

Everyone’s ready for lunch... “boodle fight”!

Team CPAI on action, Clean Up Drive!

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Cebu Wellness Lounge


increased more than 10 folds in 2010 to 2012 with 177, 144, and 188 cases respectively giving a total of 604 reported cases from 19892012. Eighty percent of the cases were male, among these, 49% had homosexual and bisexual exposures. Likewise, homosexual and bisexual transmission increased significantly from 3 cases in 2009 to 15 cases in 2010, 21 cases in 2011, and 36 cases in 2012.

Although the epidemic in Cebu City is predominantly among people who inject drugs (PWID), who composed 75% (431) of the total cases in Cebu City. It has been proven that people who inject drugs, has interplay with other most-atrisk population, including male having sex with male (MSM). The results of the 2011 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serologic Surveillance (IHBSS) described Cebu City as having a concentrated epidemic among the 3 most at risk populations

namely PWID-53.8%; MSM5%; and free-lance sex workers FLSW-5.4%. Other significant findings among the MSM group include: low knowledge on HIV; low condom use during last anal sex; and low access to services. All these could contribute to a rapid increase in prevalence of HIV among the MSM and TG population. CPAI has established strong partnership with the Cebu City Multi-Sectoral STD/AIDS Council (CCMSAC), Cebu City Health Department – Social

Hygiene Clinic and Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, the HIV/AIDS treatment hub in Cebu province. CPAI sit as one of the members of CCMSAC and actively participates in the planning, implementing, and monitoring HIV/AIDS projects and activities under the council. Through the recommendation of the council, 2 CPAI members are currently hired as barangay health workers, working primarily in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In addition, the

Cebu City Health Department also recommended (8) CPAI members as PEs, funded under the Transitional Funding Mechanism, to effectively reach MSM and TG clients. VSMMC provided CPAI with an office within the VSMMC compound to facilitate provision of assistance to clients needing ART and giving care and support to PLHIV necessitating hospitalization. Sexual health services for male are very limited. Government services, both na-

tional and local, focused mostly among women and children. The Cebu City Health Department-Social Hygiene Clinic is expanding its services to cater to the needs not only for sex workers but also to other clients including MSM ad TGs. Wednesdays are left vacant to cater to the needs of walk-in and referred clients. But the turnout of people who availed the HIV/AIDS services offered are still low and much less submitted to HIV counseling and testing (HCT). An average of 40 male clients a month comes

to the SHC for STI diagnosis and treatment. MSM and TGs do not usually avail or are reluctant to access the existing services provided by the Social Hygiene Clinic for various personal and structural reasons. Anecdotal reasons heard were: not aware of the services provided at city health, lack of privacy, services needed not available, all-female staff, and perceived stigma and discrimination. Considering the increasing prevalence of HIV among MSM, there is a need to im-

prove access of MSM and TG to health services and to increase coverage of behavior change communication (BCC) strategies to improve knowledge and reduce risk of HIV transmission. To do this, we need to provide an accessible, available, acceptable, and quality sexual health facility and services for MSM and TG. The establishment of an MSM/TG-friendly male sexual wellness clinic in an accessible government facil-

laboration with the Social Hygiene Clinic, that will address the medical needs of the clients, would encourage and motivate MSM and TG to visit the clinic, avail its services, and invite friends and colleagues to do the same. With the help of Isean Hivos Program and SAN Fund, Cebu Wellness Lounge was created through the support grant. An unoccupied room at the ground floor of the City Health office has been there

identified as an ideal area for the lounge. The area will be renovated and refurbished to make the place a MSM/TG friendly. It will be furnished with audio visual equipment for STI/HIV education and trainings. Computers with internet connection will be set-up to attract clients and make them comfortable spending time at the lounge. There will be services that will be offered everyday from Monday to Friday like STI diagnosis and treatment,

HIV counseling and testing, one on one counseling, condom and lubricant distribution, and internet access. And are also activities that will be scheduled on a weekly basis like learning group session, film showing, group counseling and other special activities. Scheduled activities will be posted on-line and outside the clinic. Trained educators and counselors will man the wellness lounge. Privacy and confidentiality will be ensured. One on one counseling

ebu City has an estimated male population of 400,000. Among these, around 12,000 were estimated MSMs and TGs. Currently; the Metropolitan Cebu is experiencing a significant increase in reported HIV infection cases in the last three (3) years (2010, 2011 & 2012). In 2008 and 2009, the Cebu City HIV Registry recorded 10 and 11 cases, respectively. These

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on risk assessment and risk reduction will be regularly provided. Behavior change will be promoted and sustained. STI/HIV/AIDS education will be regularly conducted. Conducting Free HCT is following with the standard protocol in giving Pre – test counseling and Post- test Counseling. This will be the first Wellness Lounge in Cebu City that will provide services for MSM and TG where they feel free and giving them the assurance of confidentiality towards their identity. The Cebu Wellness Lounge will be launch on May 5, 2013 with

the expected guest from the medical field, members of the CCMSAC Council, different NGO`s in Cebu, members from the Re-You, members from The Bachelors and our partners from the Local Government Unit. On the same day would be the soft launch of the Cebu Mobile Van and the new CPAI office.

R. 203 Cebu City Health Department Gen. Maxilom Extension Cebu City, Philipppines, 6000 Phone: (032) 260-5517 Email:

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