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 NPM Bill proposed by the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC) and supported by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was approved by the Committee on Human Rights in the House of Representatives but did not reach the plenary before the 16th Congress ended on June 30, 2016. The Senate version of the bill was discussed at the Committee of Justice and Human Rights twice at the instigation of the UATC.
The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines prohibits the use of the death penalty by stating ‘the death penalty shall not be imposed unless for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua’.
Balay stands alongside martial law victims and activists against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnMB). The LnMB is a national shrine meant to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and brought honor to our country. It is meant to be the final resting place of dignified soldiers, heroes and martyrs. The burial of Ferdinand Marcos will defeat the very essence of LnMB.