Torture Survivors in Davao Oriental Avails Medical Support from Government Hospital
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 support provided for the survivors include consultation with the resident physician and laboratory services. A representative from Balay Rehabilitation Center along with social workers from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and the DSWD-Crisis Intervention Unit accompanied the torture survivors to avail the medical support.
Dr. Nartatez has assigned a physician to examine and monitor the health condition of the survivors, and a staff who will serve as the case manager to facilitate the needs of the survivors whenever they are in the hospital premises. Another batch of torture survivors is expected to be given the same services as part of the PagHILOM Program
The referral mechanism was strengthened under the PagHILOM Program of the DSWD. The PagHILOM program is created by the DSWD to operationalize the CPRTV as mandated by RA 9745. This is to provide rehabilitation services for survivors of torture and enforced disappearances and their families.
BALAY and DSWD have developed a holistic approach in handling survivors of torture.