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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.

It  was in early 1982 when FLAG lawyer led by Sen. Jose W. Diokno and Dr. Mita Pardo De Tavera who had been in the forefront of the legal battle for the respect of basic human rights , urged physicians to form a medical organization that will assist in documenting evidences of cases of torture to political prisoners.

MAG formed the Philippine Action Concerning Torture (PACT) in 1986 to extend medical and psychological services especially to torture survivors.

It was through the assistance of the United Nations Volunteer Fund for Torture (UNVFT)  to deliver more systematically victims and survivors  of torture,  thus MAG formed the Philippine Action Concerning Torture (PACT) in 1986 to extend medical, dental  and psychological services especially to torture survivors. MAG is guided with the Principles of Medical Ethics, Declaration of Tokyo of the World Medical Association and other ethical codes of  health care providers.

PACT, one of MAGs major program has been instrumental in raising awareness on torture cases.

MAG is among the non-government organization / civil society organization (NGO’s / CSO’s)  in  conducting medical documentation cases of victims of torture using  the Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment known as the Istanbul Protocol is the first set of United Nation international guidelines for documentation of torture and its consequences.

Objectives of the PACT:

1. To provide immediate access of health services for the torture survivors including their families;

2. To monitor their health conditions;

3. To provide psychosocial treatment and rehabilitation; and

4. to document incident of torture;