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Overcome HIV / AIDS, Involve the Partners

The Director-General (DG) for Labor Development and Oversight of the Ministry of Labor and Transmigration, I Gusti Made Arka, officially opened the Papua branch of the Indonesian Business Coalition on AIDS (IBCA) at Kuala Kencana, Papua (10/11). The establishment of the branch is an effort of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) to encourage its working partners to mitigate HIV/AIDS at the workplace. The branch counts nine companies as members which also happen to be PTFI contractors: PT Trakindo Utama, PT Puncak Jaya Power, Sucofindo, Airfast Indonesia, Pangansari Utama, PT Redpath, PT Kuala Pelabuhan Indonesia, Sandvik, and Buma Intinaker.

“This coalition of private institutions to combat AIDS is a real effort of these companies to support the government in achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs),” said PTFI EVP & CAO Director, Sinta Sirait representing the IBCA. PTFI is one of the founding members of IBCA, which in total counts seven: British Petroleum, PTFI, Gajah Tunggal, Chevron, Sintesa Group, Sinar Mas, and Unilever. The seven companies agreed to form a coalition of which main program was to ensure that proper policies on HIV/AIDS were in place at the workplace at management level. Meanwhile, at the employee level it strives to build strong awareness on the dangers of HIV/AIDS. They also agreed to eliminate discrimination and stigmatization against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at the workplace.

IBCA Country Director Evodia Iswandi is very grateful to the management of PTFI for having had formed the new coalition. “The establishment of the Papua branch of IBCA is a real contribution of the private sector for preventing and mitigating HIV/AIDS in Papua,” he said.

Meanwhile, representing the management of PTFI, Vice President Social Outreach & Local Development Arief Latif asserted that HIV/AIDS is a mutual issue which consequently calls for mutual mitigation efforts. “PTFI has HIV/AIDS mitigation policies and programs in place at the workplace. And together with the government and the community, PTFI continues to strive to stem the spread of this disease,” he said.

“The opening of the Papua branch of IBCA is something quite extraordinary, it’s very strategic in the effort of mitigating HIV/AIDS, not only in Papua but also nationally,” said Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, secretary of the National AIDS Mitigation Committee. Nafsiah further added that the IBCA is a public-private partnership model. “The private sector, the government, and the community must work together to address an issue at national scale,” he said.

Aside from expressing his gratitude to PTFI and the participating companies of the IBCA Papua branch, Made Arka stressed that the implementation aspects in the effort of preventing communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS) at the workplace slot in snugly with Law 1/1970 concerning Occupational Health. “This regulation mandates all companies to make mandatory the preventation of diseases that arise out of work, communicable diseases included, from spreading,” he said. The Ministry of Labor and Transmigration has issued technical provisions on prevention HIV/AIDS at the workplace.

Aside from PTFI partner companies that were also members of the IBCA branch of Papua, the opening was also attended by the CEO of Asia Pacific Business Coalition on AIDS (APBCA) Stephen Grant, head of the local health service Erens Machboen, PTFI management, PTFI AIDS volunteers, and other invitees.