HIV POSITIVES REACH OUT
Positibong Marino Philippines (PMPI) mounted ‘Rising Against Injustice’, an exhibit-campaign last July 15 to 19, at the Cabildo Street (front of AMOSUP Seamen’s Center and Sailors homes) in Intramuros, Manila.
PMPI is the first organization for HIV-positive Filipino seafarers “to promote understanding of the affliction to the maritime community.” This is by ‘education, empowerment and employment’ so that opportunities may be opened to them.
Pres. Jebsen Rederri Go Gamido with staff and volunteers, bloggers and media in tow, combed the area, distributing advocacy pamphlets. Messages of support from stakeholders were displayed, together with a ‘Wall of Love’.
PMPI is in its second year, claiming to have assisted about 39 Filipino seafarers HIV (PLHIV) positive, some founders of the group.
It aims to reintegrate victims to normal, productive life with employment on merchant ships or related endeavours by establishing a strong network on information sharing; acceptance of Filipino seafarers with HIV/AIDS and their families; interact with like organizations to assist the sick; and, provide mental and legal support to HIV-positive seafarers of any nationality.
The first three organizations to support PMPI are AMOSUP, ITF and JMG.