Most advocates in the field of HIV and AIDS belong to a certain group or organization with its own thrust and values. Such is not the case for Renato Roque. Known as “Nato” in the field, he treads the path of living the advocacy independently.
A practice, this might be a big challenge to many, but for Nato, it makes his work no less impactful. Nato is known in the field for his deep immersion to the community. He personally visits people living with HIV (PLHIV) in hospitals especially those who need immediate medical attention.
Nato goes out of his way to help PLHIV in their daily struggles. Be it medical, psychosocial, or financial, he stretches his own limits to get the help every PLHIV needs. He has literally spent late nights assisting people who need immediate and critical medical care.
Another face of the HIV and AIDS advocacy that people seldom see is the case of children living with HIV. Nato has been active in supporting their needs and finding ways to make resources available for their treatment and everyday needs.
Nato is among the people who get to see the real-life struggles of PLHIVs face to face. He understands and believes that something needs to be done to address these struggles in a sustainable manner. Specifically, Nato is taking interest in the recently signed Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act of 2018, and how it can change the landscape of the HIV and AIDS advocacy – more importantly, how it can change the lives of those it seeks to address.
Renato Roque is a living testimony that ordinary people, with their own financial limitations, can take such big roles in the advocacy. Further, he is proof that individuals can take part in the advocacy and actually make a difference. Nato is one, but he is not alone. He has an entire community with him.
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About the Ripple Awards
The second Ripple Awards was inspired by the ethos of courage and compassion in the face of tremendous odds, thus now honoring five (5) individuals, three (3) organizations and a project which demonstrates the genuine ability to move other people towards uplifting the lives affected by the HIV-AIDS epidemic.
Beyond the glitz and glamor, The Ripple Awards celebrates the great human potential to drive change, inspire hope, and bring healing to others in need. Save the date for the awarding of the top Ripplers at the Love Gala on May 11, 2019. Get your tickets here.