Since the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act (Republic Act No. 9745) in 2009, the Philippine government has taken significant steps towards improving the legal structural framework for eradicating torture and supporting torture victims. This includes the elaboration of a rehabilitation programme for victims of torture and the establishment of a body to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the Anti-Torture Act. Regrettably, very few of these promises have become reality for rights holders on the ground.
The Medical Action Group published a handbook with instructional content targeting human rights defenders to urge them to practice self-care.
It is entitled " SELF CARE, Isang Hanbuk: Pangangalaga sa pangkalahatang kalusugan at pamamaraan upang maiwasan ang stress ng mga human rights defenders (HRDs). The handbook, together with a poster was published through the help of the European Union. Below is the front page of the handbook and a thumbnail of the poster followed by a short message from the executive director, Ms. Edeliza Hernandez, RN.