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QC wins an international prize for its effective Covid-19 response.

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Along with five other cities from around the world, the Quezon City government received the “Circle of Excellence” award for its successful response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

During the Fast-Track Cities 2022 conference in Seville, Spain, Mayor Joy Belmonte personally accepted the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) prize.

“Belmonte stated on Wednesday, “We dedicate this honor to our healthcare staff and other front-liners who have risked their lives to meet the needs of QCitizens during the pandemic.

The success of our Covid-19 reaction, particularly in providing the people with basic services, has been validated by this, she continued.

After a thorough nomination and selection procedure, Quezon City was chosen by the IAPAC and the Fast-Track Cities Institute (FTCi) in coordination with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The same medal was given to the cities of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, New York in the US, Kingston in Jamaica, Johannesburg in South Africa, and Lagos in Nigeria.

Belmonte participated in the conference as a panelist and resource person, along with other local officials from Sevilla, Kingston, Bangkok in Thailand, Gaborone in Botswana, Kyiv in Ukraine, Blantyre in Malawi, Libreville in Gabon, and Texas in the US. Other topics on migrant workers and healthcare were also discussed.

The “Sevilla Declaration on the Centrality of Communities in Urban HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), TB (tuberculosis), and Viral Hepatitis Responses” was a point of emphasis for Belmonte.

Through a variety of local government efforts, the statement aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of ending HIV and TB by 2030 and eradicating viral hepatitis.

“The signing reaffirms our dedication to delivering a comprehensive, integrated strategy in line with national and international measures to end TB, HIV, and viral hepatitis. To ensure a healthier community, we will devote more time and money to aiding vulnerable sectors, “added Belmonte.

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