US Honors Exemplary HIV Treatment Facilities at Inaugural QUILTS Awards

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Top: USAID Acting Deputy Mission Director Brandon Miller reiterates the US government’s commitment to help fight HIV in the Philippines.

Bottom right: Ronchie D. Santos and Marc Anthony Payabyab (center) of Bulacan Medical Center receive the QUILTS award from EpiC Country Director, Teresita Marie “Bai” Bagasao, Head of Field Service for the USAID, Hoang Bui, AIDS Society Philippines President Irene Fonacier-Fellizar, and USAID. Office of Deputy Director of Health Yolanda Oliveros.


Manila, June 13, 2022—The United States government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently partnered with the Department of Health and the AIDS Society of the Philippines to recognize seven facilities and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to national HIV treatment efforts. Ronchie D. Santos and Marc Anthony Payabyab (center) of Bulacan Medical Center receive the QUILTS award from EpiC Country Director Teresita Marie “Bai” Bagasao, USAID Field Service Manager Hoang Bui, AIDS Society Philippines President Irene Fonacier-Fellizar; and USAID Health Office.  Deputy Director Yolanda Oliveros.

At the inaugural Quality Uptake and Improvements in Lifesaving Treatment Services (QUILTS) Awards held on May 31, the following facilities and organizations were recognized for their efforts in the following categories:

  • Link to Care Champion – Bulacan Medical Center;
  • Treatment and Care, Adherence Award – Meycauayan Social Hygiene Clinic and Batangas Medical Center;
  • Treatment and care, reminder prices – SHIP and SAIL clinics;
  • Treatment and Care, Early Adopter Award – Laguna Medical Center;
  • Top Installation of Rapid HIV Diagnostic Algorithms – Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital; and
  • Champion of Differentiated Service Delivery and Case Management – Bulacan Medical Center

The judges selected the winners by examining the quality of the establishments’ services and their best practices for achieving positive results.

Addressing the award winners, USAID Acting Deputy Mission Director in the Philippines, Brandon Miller, reiterated the US government’s commitment to helping end the HIV epidemic in the Philippines.

“We hope that as we take stock of our accomplishments tonight, we will be invigorated to do more for the key populations we are here to serve,” said Miller, Acting Deputy Mission Director.

USAID, through its Achieving Goals and Sustaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project, is partnering with more than 50 facilities in and around Metro Manila to achieve epidemic control. HIV. Through the QUILTS Awards, USAID and its partners hope to encourage the sharing of best practices and innovations for quality, people-centered HIV care.

The Philippines PEPFAR program is implemented by USAID, the United States Centers for Disease Control, the United States Health Services and Resources Administration, and the United States Department of Defense.

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