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Malnutrition is one of the common health problems of the IP Children in Bukidnon. 198 malnourished children among four (4) schools and two (2) communities from the three (3) municipalities of San Fernando, Kitaotao and Quezon were documented by the Medical Action Group (MAG). These malnourished children were provided with nutritional support like wet feeding and multivitamins for three months. The Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Kitaotao headed by Dr. Madel Andres and the Committee of German doctor conducted a medical check-up and deworming to monitor and determine the progress of the health condition of the children.  

To easily facilitate the feeding program, a core group was formed by the parents to assist the daily cooking activity. The teachers, Barangay Health Workers (BHW), the Barangay Council and community leaders took part in the activity and provided guidance and monitoring to ensure the smooth implementation of the feeding program. Parents also contributed vegetables in addition to the feeding supplies to accommodate normal children. As a result, 130 children improved their health status and 68 remain undernourished due to some reasons like illness, school tardiness, house location, implementation of feeding at the end of school year and the involvement of children in mining area. These resulted to the increase of absences in the feeding activity and school classes.

The feeding program will resume this September. OPT for the primary baseline data is being conducted to determine who are among the children is malnourished. Policies were also discussed among parents, teachers and BHW and Barangay council member to ensure that the parents and the malnourish children will actively participate in the feeding activity and complete the three-month feeding program. MAG Bukidnon staff members are looking forward to the success of the feeding program in the partner school and communities in the target areas and would replicate the success and experiences in other Indigenous Peoples (IP) areas in Bukidnon.

 

Written and published by Dr. Catherine Anne N. Dacanay, Department of Emergency Medicine, Manila Doctors Hospital, 2012


Medico-legal documentation is one of the responsibilities of Emergency Medicine physicians.  This study was used not only to assess the capabilities of EM physicians in relation to proper documentation of Emergency Department patients but also to introduce more awareness and concern about torture as part of medico-legal cases faced in medical practice. With the help of the Medical Action Group Inc., the focus of this research was enlightened through integrated training on documentation emphasized on the Istanbul Protocol.

In the challenge of seeking continuous education, this study hopes for more development to expand this awareness in further improving our quality of patient care.

 

On its seventh year, in commemoration of the June 26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Medical Action Group (MAG) joined the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines and various anti-torture advocates in the “Basta! Run Against Torture 7” (BRAT VII) to call on the government to make the Philippines a Torture Free Zone.

The UATC-Philippines mobilized about three hundred (300) members of the security forces-- the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) through their respective Human Rights Affairs Offices who ran alongside of anti-torture advocates in the 3-kilometer route from Bantayog ng mga Bayani (“Monument to the Heroes”) to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) compound. Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) had also joined the annual run against torture.

To make the Philippines a torture free zone, the UATC stated that there is a need to ensure that all authorities including jail staff are fully aware of the Anti-Torture Law (or Republic Act No. 9745) and pressed that reported torture case will not be tolerated and will be investigated, and that perpetrators will be prosecuted.

June 19, July 15, July 19, 2013

Amnesty International-Philippines, Balay Rehabilitation Center, Medical Action Group (MAG), Human Rights Defenders Pilipinas (HRDP), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights (UP IHR)

in cooperation with the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

Introduction

In November 2009, the Anti-Torture Act (or Republic Act No. 9745) was enacted into law. The law criminalizes torture and covers various issues relevant to ensuring accountability of perpetrators and redress for torture survivors including provisions of medical examination, legal assistance, command responsibility; and rehabilitation for torture victims and their families. The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law issued on December 2010.

Press release
June 26, 2013

Make Philippines Torture Free Zone!

On its seventh year, as it marks the June 26 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, members of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines and various anti-torture advocates runs in the “Basta! Run Against Torture 7” (BRAT VII) to call on the government to make the Philippines a Torture Free Zone.

To make the Philippines a torture free zone, the UATC said “among others we need to ensure that all authorities including jail staff are fully aware of the Anti-Torture Law that reported violations will not be tolerated and will be investigated, and that perpetrators will be prosecuted.”

“While we laud the government on the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law (Republic Act No. 9745) in November 2009, but it has so far been implemented without diligence and effectiveness since many torture allegations have not been effectively investigated by authorities and detainees who are in custody do not have immediate access to legal and medical services,” Ernesto Anasarias, Executive Director of Balay Rehabilitation Center and UATC spokesperson said.

While noting that many agencies have a mandate to investigate complaints of torture and ill-treatment, the UATC is concerned at the high number of complaints of torture and ill-treatment by law enforcement officials, the limited number of investigations carried out by the government in such cases, and the very limited number of convictions in those cases which are investigated.

The group reiterates its concerns on the increasing complaints in relation to the implementation of the Anti-Torture Law which has revealed various different deficiencies from documentation, investigation to prosecution of torture cases, which embolden perpetrators in doing acts of torture.

“The authorities’ partiality not to comply with the Anti-Torture Law runs in the ‘institutional impunity’ we have right now. Take the recent case where Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim including a senior police officer, interrogated a rape suspect in full view of the public, as Mayor Lim extracted a confession and forced the suspect to admit he had raped a woman, clearly violated the Anti-Torture Law,” Max de Mesa, Chairperson of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) claimed.

The group underscored the necessity that for the government to make the Philippines a torture free zone, it should publicly announce a clear policy of “total elimination" of all acts of torture.

The UATC-Philippines is led by Amnesty International-Philippines, Balay Rehabilitation Center, Medical Action Group (MAG) and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP). Other human rights groups also joined the run like PAHRA and Organisation Mondiale Contra la Torture (OMCT) or World Organization Against Torture.-end