The Philippines HIV and AIDS Policy Act, which aims to improve health care services and outlaws discrimination against job applicants and employees living with HIV or AIDS, takes effect 25 Jan 2019. Violations can lead to criminal and financial penalties.
Features of the law affecting health coverage include the following:
The law also prohibits employers from rejecting job applicants, terminating employment or applying any other discriminatory employment practices based on a person's actual, perceived or suspected HIV status. Acts of bullying based on an individual’s HIV or AIDS status, including on social media or other online portals, are also prohibited.