Davao to host alternative medicine practitioners' summit

July 3, 2015 10:44 am 

DAVAO CITY, July 2 -– More than a thousand practitioners of alternative medicine and stakeholders are expected to join a national summit here next month to address issues affecting the sector.

Philippine Traditional and Alternative Medicine Association of Davao chair Samuel Batiancila said they would expect a thousand participants as this would also include advocates, practitioners and user of alternative medicines.

He said that among the issues that will be highlighted during the Summit are on advertisements and accreditation. While it is still under appeal, Batiancila also mentioned text on the labels medicine or supplement bottles. He said the issue must be handled carefully and fairly by authorized agencies.

"The 'no approved therapeutic claim' has to be translated in the dialect that practitioners are not amenable," he said.

Batiancila, however, admitted that there are manufacturers of alternative products using excessive messages as to cure and other info that must be checked and reviewed.

About a hundred manufacturers of alternative medicine, he said, are operating in Mindanao and 70 percent are in Davao.

He said their group wanted that issues surrounding this sector must be put in the right perspective even if the practice has been given a go signal through the Traditional Alternative Medicines Act or the TAMA Law. He, however, added there are also some developments that turned out to be not fair.

According to Batiancila, they also want that their respective entities be given proper accreditation.

Republic Act 8423 or the Tama of 1997 is an act creating the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) to accelerate the development of traditional health care in the Philippines, providing for a traditional and alternative health care development fund and for other purposes.

Batiancila said that during the Summit they will propose to divide the Department of Health (DOH): one for pharmaceutical and the other for alternative medicine.

Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and Representative Manny Pacquiao have been invited to speak during the Summit. (PNA)

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