Philippines

Policy

Philippines: Policy on Protected Areas and Wildlife

The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) established in 1987 holds a mandate in establishing and managing protected areas, promoting and institutionalizing ecotourism, managing coastal biodiversity and wetlands ecosystems, conserving caves and cave resources, information education on biodiversity and nature conservation. The mission is to conserve the country's biological diversity through:

  • Establishment, management and development of the National Integrated Protected Areas System
  • Conservation of wildlife resources
  • Nature conservation information and education

Contact Details

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel ephone : +(63 2) 9246031-35
Fax : +(63 2) 9240109
Website : http://www.pawb.gov.ph

Reference:

Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Republic Acts 1997-2006. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 athttp://www.pawb.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=294&limitstart=3

Philippines: Policy on Traditional Knowledge

The National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) is the primary government agency that was established 1997. This agency formulates and implements policies, plans and programs for the recognition, promotion and protection of the rights and well-being of Indigenous People (IP) with due regard to their ancestral domains and lands, self-governance and empowerment, social justice and human rights, and cultural integrity. It holds a mandate to protect and promote the interest and well-being of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/IP with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions. 

Recently, the creation of a Department of Indigenous Peoples (DIP) is being proposed, which shall act as the primary government agency tasked to formulate and implement national policies, plans and programs relating to the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities or Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs), which will see a boost to the NCIP’s present function.

Contact Details

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples 
2nd Floor N. dela Merced Building, Cor. West and Quezon Avenues,
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Telephone : (63 2) 575-12-00
Telefax : (63 2) 373-97-87
Website : http://www.ncip.gov.ph


References:

  1. Official gazette. Office of the President of the Philippines. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 athttp://www.gov.ph/2010/11/10/national-commission-on-indigenous-peoples-is-back-under-op/
  2. Philstar.com-Online presence of the STAR group publication. Department of Indigenous People Proposed. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at  http://www.philstar.com/nation/article.aspx?publicationsubcategoryid=200&articleid=862181

 

Laws & Regulations

Philippines: Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) - Republic Act No. 8423

This act is known as the “Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997” and was established in 1999. It is an act that is responsible in the creation of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), which aims to accelerate the development of traditional and alternative health care in the Philippines. This act also mandates the creation of a Traditional and Alternative Health Care Development Fund and for other purposes related to T&CM.

The objectives of this act are:-

  1. To encourage scientific research on and develop traditional and alternative health care systems that has direct impact on public health care.
  2. To promote and advocate the use of traditional, alternative, preventive and curative health care modalities that has been proven safe, effective, cost-effective and consistent with government standards on medical practice
  3. To develop and coordinate skill training courses for various forms of traditional and alternative health care modalities
  4. To formulate standards and codes of ethical practice of traditional and alternative health care
  5. To formulate standards and guidelines in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products
  6. To formulate policies to strengthen the role of traditional and alternative health care delivery system
  7. To promote traditional and alternative health care in international and national conventions, seminars and meetings

Several related guidelines have been generated under TAMA 1997 which include:

  1. Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8423 IRR on the National Certification of Acupuncturists and Accreditation of Acupuncture Training Programs, Centers and Clinics
  2. Guideline on the National Certification of Chiropractic
  3. Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8423 IRR on the National Certification of Homeopaths/ Homotoxicologys and Accreditation of Homeopathy/ Homotoxicology Training Programs, Centers and Clinics

Contact Details

Dr. Francis Vicente S. Ras
Head, Social Advocacy and Training Division
Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care
PITAHC Bldg. East Avenue Medical Center Compound Matapang St. Diliman 
Quezon City Philippines
Telephone : 09193726691 (+639193726691) 
Fax: (+632) 3763067)
Website: http://www.doh.gov.ph/pitahc


Reference:

Republic Act No. 8423. Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997. Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) edition 1997.

Philippines: Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8423 IRR on the National Certification of Acupuncturists and Accreditation of Acupuncture Training Programs, Centers and Clinics

This guideline is established under the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), which serves as guidelines for the National Certification of Acupuncturists and Accreditation of Acupuncture Training Programs, Centers and Clinics.

Contact Details

Ms. Juris R. Triumfante
Head, Standard and Accreditation Division
Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care
PITAHC Bldg. East Avenue Medical Center Compound Matapang St. Diliman 
Quezon City Philippines
Telephone: +632 (3763067)
Fax: +632 (3763067)
Website: http://www.doh.gov.ph/pitahc

Reference:

Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997. Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) edition 1997.

Philippines Administrative Order No. 184 s. 2004: Guidelines on the registration of Traditionally-used Herbal Products

This act of T&CM which relates to food and drugs generated by the Food and Drug Administration or formerly known as Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) was established in 2004.

The scope and coverage of this order shall be applicable to all herbal medicine except as provided herein:

  1. Medicines/drugs that do not fall within the definition of herbal medicines cited in this regulation shall be governed by other regulations promulgated for drugs in general;
  2. Herbal preparations, which are fresh plants material or which have not undergone any process or treatment other than what is essential to their proper drying, packaging, and storage.

Only establishments for herbal medicines with a valid license to operate can apply for registration of such products. These establishments can be the manufacturer, trader, importer or distributor of the products. No person shall manufacture, import, export, distribute, sell, offer for sale, advertise, or transfer any herbal medicines which are not registered with the BFAD.

Under this Administrative order, one of the most important guideline to be observed is the Guidelines on the Registration of Traditionally Used Herbal Products.

Contact Details

Pia Angelique De Mesa Priagola
Food Drug Regulation Officer III
(Formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs)
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Philippines
Telephone: 8425606 (information)/ 8078275 (consumer)
Fax: -
Website: http://www.fda.gov.ph

Reference:

Department of Health, Office of Secretary. Administrative Order 184s. 2004. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 athttp://www.fda.gov.ph/AO/ao%20184%20s%202004.pdf

Philippines Administrative Order 172s 2004: Guidelines on the Registration of Herbal Medicines

This act of T&CM which relates to food and drugs generated by the Food and Drug Administration or formerly known as Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) was established in 2004.

The scope and coverage of this order shall be applicable to all herbal medicine except as provided herein:

  1. Medicines/drugs that do not fall within the definition of herbal medicines cited in this regulation shall be governed by other regulations promulgated for drugs in general;
  2. Herbal preparations, which are fresh plants material or which have not undergone any process or treatment other than what is essential to their proper drying, packaging, and storage.

Only establishments for herbal medicines with a valid license to operate can apply for registration of such products. These establishments can be the manufacturer, trader, importer or distributor of the products. No person shall manufacture, import, export, distribute, sell, offer for sale, advertise, or transfer any herbal medicines which are not registered with the BFAD.

Under this Administrative order, one of the most important guideline to be observed is the Guidelines on the Registration of Herbal Medicines.

Contact Details

Pia Angelique De Mesa Priagola
Food Drug Regulation Officer III
(Formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs)
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Philippines
Telephone: 8425606 (information)/ 8078275 (consumer)
Fax:-
Website: http://www.fda.gov.ph/


Reference:

Department of Health, Office of Secretary.  Administrative Order 172s. 2004. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at http://www.fda.gov.ph/AO/ao%20172%20s%202004.pdf

 

Philippines Administrative Order No. 43-A s. 1999 and Administrative Order 153s. 2004: Revised Guidelines on Current GMP in manufacturing, packing, repacking or holding food

This act of T&CM which relates to food and drugs generated by the Food and Drug Administration or formerly known as Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) was established in 2004.

Under this Administrative order, Amendment of Administrative Order 220 s.1974, Current Good Manufacturing Practice. The 1999 GMP Guidelines is adopted to prescribe standard guidelines in the manufacture of drug products and ensure that no person or establishment shall manufacture drugs under substandard conditions.

Contact Details

Pia Angelique De Mesa Priagola
Food Drug Regulation Officer III
(Formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs)
Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Philippines
Telephone: 8425606 (information)/ 8078275 (consumer)
Fax: -
Website: http://www.fda.gov.ph


Reference:

Department of Health, Office of Secretary. Administrative Order 153s. 2004. Last accessed on 23 October 2012 at http://elsmar.com/pdf_files/Philippines%20AO153s2004%20GMPs.pdf