Today the amendment passed the 3rd (and final) hearing at the senate.
What is the amendment about? read here: https://twitter.com/jeffcrisostomo/status/998456493346209792?s=19
I have received more than a hundred congratulatory messages, across twitter, facebook, SMS and calls. While i sincerely appreciate all these messages, the thing is i have not done as much as the other key advocates have done over the past few years. A lot of these people have worked day in and day out to lobby and work for the amendment. All i did was to attend a few hearings and a few meetings but it is nothing compared to the great effort of those at the forefront of the lobbying.
Allow me to mention a few:
- Senator Risa Hontiveros and Cong. Kaka Bag-ao who championed the bills at the congress. Of course, let’s not forget their team members– Jeff Crisostomo and Atty. Tetay mendoza who I have had to honor to meet.
- Action for Health Initiatives, led by Mara Bondad
- Network to Stop AIDS Phils. and its 20something CSO members.
- A few positive community members who went out of their way to be, in their small ways, of help to the passing of the bill. Special mention to Ms. Elena Felix and Vina.
- Every person who used the hashtag #passAIDSbill, liked or shared the posts
- Everyone who in their hearts, hoped for the passing of the bill– and yes, even if some may not even know what the amendment salient points were– they chose to have faith that the amendment the lobbyists were pushing will serve better the HIV and AIDS community.
Let me share some pics at the exhibit of the hallway of the Senate from the positive community– these pics have been there since May 15th.
So let me thank everyone instead.
The Bicam will convene soon to merge the two versions,after which they will go back to their “houses” for final approval (i forgot the term), then the President signs off.
Congratulations. TO ALL OF US.