TBPeople Philippines Organization Inc. a Non-Stock, Non-Profit Non-Government Organization, comprised of Tuberculosis survivors from all regions of the country received a grant this January 2022, from StopTB Partnership under the Challenge Facility for Civil Society Round 10. The grant is for TB People Philippines Organization Inc.’s objectives: TBPeoplePH Discipleship and Disability Inclusion.
Launching TBpeoplePH: Discipleship – City Association Creation in Region 3 San Fernando Pampanga, Region 4a Calamba Laguna, and in the National Capital Region, Manila was headed by CEO and President Ms. Louie Zepeda-Teng. Louie, an architect by profession acquired TB Meningitis in 2007, Tuberculosis which is most known to be treated and cured in 6 months, Louie acquired Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis enduring 24 months of medication she lost her vision during her battle but she is now TB free. The experience and journey gave her a new perspective in life and a new goal. Helping people so that they won’t suffer the way she did.
This is the first grant to be performed by the organization, which is in its 2nd year of legal registration. The Project aims to use this grant for the much-needed efforts for the sustainability of the TB program in each local government unit. This is to provide capacity building and technical assistance on the creation of leaders in regions 3, 4a, and the National Capital Region. In addition, the Organization is about to complete its research paper which will be used as a toolkit for the barriers and challenges faced by 20% of persons with disability, who has or can have the communicable disease, Tuberculosis.
Last July 2022, TBpeoplePH CEO and President Ms. Louie Zepeda-Teng did a courtesy call to the newly elected Mayor of San Fernando, Pampanga. Mayor, Hon. Vilma Caluag. At the end of the session provided her enthusiasm and support for the group’s advocacy. The group discussed their initiative and how the Community Officers can help in the implementation of medical and social services to the beneficiaries through the help of government offices and barangays in line with the Mandanas-Garcia ruling, disability inclusion in the current TB program that our government has now, and the creation of a city association of TB patients, survivors, and their families. The group also requested support on the needed budget for the infectious disease TB, and accessible services for the residents with a disability.
On August 11, 2022, the group also reached out to the Calamba Laguna Mayor, Hon. Roseller H. Rizal. Mayor Ross gave and declared his support for TBpeoplePH Calamba Laguna City Association’s proposals and advocacy plans that the organization plans for his beloved city and jurisdiction.
Recently, on September 1, 2022. TBPeople Philippines Organization Inc launched the City Association Creation TBpeoplePH Discipleship – City of Manila
The group celebrated this momentous event with special guest and partners such as: Manila Barangay Bureau, Manila DSWD and PDAO, Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc., Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF), USAID, J&J Phils, Tropical Disease Foundation (TDF), Arugaan ng may Kapansanan ng Maynila, Inc., Tinig at Lakas ng mga PWD ng Maynila (TILAK PWD Manila), Barangay Council, SK Federation, Senyas Sanay Translation and Interpreting Services, Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Pinoy Deaf Rainbow, Philippine Blind Union, NOVEL Philippines, Bigkis Ng PWD Association Inc -Bipa and Las Pinas Federation.
After the successful launching of the country’s first City Association Creation in Pampanga, Laguna, and Manila, TBPeople Philippines Organization Inc is looking forward to other municipalities supporting the same movement in spreading TB Awareness to make our country TB-FREE PH. Community Officers and the staff of the Org will work hard and expect more collaborations with other LGUs and other potential partners to execute all the advocacy plans that they have for their cities and constituents.