Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, in his keynote address during the 45th Annual Convention of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) on January 23, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel, Resorts World, Pasay City, underscores the importance of the passage of the Republic Act (R.A.) No. 11036 or the Mental Health Act signed into law in June 2018, which “affirms the basic right of all Filipinos to mental health and the fundamental rights of all people who require mental health services.”
“Through this law, the State has committed itself to the promotion of the well-being of people by ensuring that mental health is ever valued, promoted and protected; that mental health conditions are treated and prevented; that timely, affordable, high-quality, and culturally appropriate mental health care be made available to the public; that mental health services be given, free from coercion and accountable to the service users; and that persons affected by mental health conditions be able to exercise the full range of human rights, and participate fully in society and at work, free from stigmatization and discrimination.”
The chief magistrate, who also announced that the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 11036 were adopted yesterday, January 22, 2019, lauded advocates of mental health such as the PPA for their efforts for the change in attitudes of Filipinos towards mental health and the diminished stigma attached to mental illness. “As a result, society in general has become more tolerant and understanding of people suffering from mental health conditions, and this has given them better chances to alleviate and heal their conditions,” he said.
Among the lecturers from the field of law during the three-day PPA Convention themed “Psychiatry and the Law: Building Understanding of Clinical and Legal Perspectives” are (Ret.) Judge Rosalina L. Luna-Pison and Judge Angelene Mary W. Quimpo-Sale of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 106.
(Caption by Darylle Evie Mae C. Catabay; Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez)