The Department of Social Welfare and Development Office-Social Technology Bureau (DSWD-STB) in partnership with BALAY Rehabilitation Center and Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) have convened an inter-agency meeting last July 19-20, 2017 in Zamboanga City.
BALAY signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of the PagHILOM program convened by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office-Social Technology Bureau on July 4, 2007 in Davao Oriental.
Five (5) survivors of torture obtained medical treatment from Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital on June 27, 2017. Dr. Hermigilda B. Nartatez, Head of the Provincial Health Office affirmed partnership with BALAY Rehabilitation Center and Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) under the Comprehensive Program for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and their Families (CPRTV) stipulated in the Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009.
The wanton disregard for law, rising criminality, terrorism and insurgency has created in the public mind an impression of a chaotic and dangerous society. Reports about murder and other crimes – many of which are related to drug use and abuse - have become staple news that tend to jar one’s senses, resulting either to a feeling of helplessness or to utter loss of trust on authorities to protect the right of citizens against lawless violence.
For more than thirty years DIGNITY – the Danish Institute Against Torture – has specialized in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, and the rehabilitation of torture survivors. International collaboration with human rights organizations like Balay, aimed at diminishing the after-effects of torture and preventing the use of torture and ill treatment, is at the heart of DIGNITY’s work.
“Today, the IRCT joins hands with Balay and the United Against Torture Coalition in commemorating the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims. We honour the memory of all those who are no longer with us, and continue to support those who still are. We pay tribute to the commitment, tireless effort and excellent work done by NGOs and civil society organisations in the Philippines in fighting torture and impunity.