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Program director Billy Santo Natividad underscored the need for people managers to equip themselves with knowledge to effectively help the campaign.

Teleperformance Philippines was tapped by the Second Philippine Financial Industry Pride (PFIP) Pride Summit to share the company’s experience in establishing a comprehensive HIV/AIDS program in the workplace, as it was among the first organizations in the country’s private sector to do so.

The company’s HIV/AIDS program offers a spectrum of services that starts with a robust HIV in the Workplace Policy, an award-winning learning and education training course, continuous awareness campaigns, 24-7 free screening in workplaces (which is also a first in the Philippines), to linkages to care for those who are diagnosed with the condition.

Designed for senior executives, human resources professionals, and pride and diversity leads, the full-day summit served to facilitate the exchange of ideas to enhance workplace policies and practices to ultimately promote a more inclusive culture in the workplace.

Aside from HIV awareness programs, the summit also featured topics such as business of inclusion, corporate values and benefits for LGBT+, benchmarking and LGBT+ index and ally programs.

“We decided to go the extra mile by responding to our government’s call on the ongoing national HIV and AIDS epidemic. We partnered with the prime movers — the Department of Health-Research for Infectious Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the NGO Project Red Ribbon Care Management, Inc. to have a pilot study on the conduct of HIV Rapid Diagnostic Screening in our workplace,” shared Neil Norman Littaua, director for Organizational Development of Teleperformance Philippines.

He presented the paper “Establishing an HIV Program in the Workplace: The Teleperformance Philippines Experience” during the summit held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on 23 July.

Project Red Ribbon (PRR) lauds its initiatives with Teleperformance Philippines as an effective model of a partnership that makes an impact in efforts to move its campaign forward to larger audiences. Program director Billy Santo Natividad underscored the need for people managers to equip themselves with knowledge, information and tools to effectively help the campaign to address the rising HIV challenge and break the damaging stigma and discrimination attached to HIV.

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