MAG Statement March 26, 2020 What a disgrace Discriminating the health workers who are in the frontline in the battle against Covid 19 out of fear and ignorance is outrageous and should be condemned. We, the Medical Action Group, a health and human rights organization is seriously alarmed with the news report that some health workers in Iloilo City have been told to leave their boarding houses by their
Pagpupugay at pasasalamat sa iyong dedikasyon at walang pag-iimbot na serbisyo tungo sa kagalingang pangkalusugan at panlipunan. May you rest in peace, Dr. Jara. — Si Dr. Raul D. Jara ay naging parte ng MAG Board of Trustees sa mga taong 1987-1989 at 1989-1991. Siya ay isa sa mga manggagamot ng Philippine Heart Center bago pumanaw noong March 24, 2020 dahil sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Public Statement on the Philippine Government’s Response to COVID-19 Medical Action Group March 19, 2020 “Do no harm in times of emergency” The 2019 novel coronavirus or COVID 19 is indeed a significant threat to global public health, prompting the World Health Organization to officially label the situation as pandemic for continuously reaching an exponential geographical spread. Swift, decisive and effective government action is necessary and crucial. While the
MAG has joined a solidarity night in November 2019, with the UATC and the OMCT, together with Commission of Human Rights (CHR) Commissioner Chito Gascon, on the celebration of the 10th year after the Anti-Torture Law has been signed into law. The activity sis geared towards celebrating the journey of the law, its win, and the call for it to be implemented more strictly. As such, the UATC has released
MAG has also conducted an activity on data presentation and consultation with the participating DOH hospitals in October 2019 at Metro Manila, in order to consult with the participating hospitals to further improve the initial findings and analysis of the research. Participants of the activity include personnel from our partner DOH Hospitals specifically the following: (i) Hospital or Medical Center Chief; (ii) Training Officer; and (iii) Head of the Psychiatry
MAG has conducted an activity on data presentation and consultation with partner organizations and advocates in October 2019 at Metro Manila, in order to consult with these groups the initial findings and analysis of the research. Different mental health organizations and patient support groups (both previously engaged and new networks have been invited, which includes the following: Disability Rights Advocates Corner (DRAC) Youth for Mental Health Coalition, Inc. (Y4MH) World
MAG has joined a mobilization in Metro Manila, with the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), along with other progressive organizations, religious groups and partner communities, on September 2019, to commemorate the Martial Law period through a program where some of the survivor-victims shared their experiences on human rights violations. After this, a religious (Catholic) mass has been held in honor of the victims, survivors, and families of the
“Respect, protect, and promote human rights, end the assault against human rights defenders, and give more attention to responding to the need for basic social services instead of the flagship WOD program of the government” – Call during the 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the current Philippine Administration
MAG has joined the mobilization with other progressive groups and organizations in Metro Manila on July 2019 to campaign for the promotion and observance of human rights in all of the government policies and programs, and asserting Philippine sovereignty. This is still a response to the rampant and continuous disrespect of the government to human rights principles and inaction to respond to the violations. As with the previous SONA, the
MAG has participated in the organized Metro Manila mobilizations every week (during Fridays, for 6 weeks of July to August 2019), of the PAHRA-IDEFEND in which each week has an assigned theme that relates to the positive support given by the UNHCR by releasing a ruling that requests an investigation on the EJKs happening in he Philippines.
More than a year in office, the Duterte administration has failed to address the inequity in healthcare in the country. The Philippines remains under severe social and economic inequalities with 26% of the population living in poverty and have limited access to healthcare services despite the promise of change by the current administration. While the Duterte Health Agenda or ACHIEVE appeared promising, but there were no substantial changes in the