Towards a Clearer Vision for the Filipino People
The importance of traditional
medicine in providing essential health care to the people should be recognized. At
present, its use has tremendously expanded and gained wide global acceptance and
popularity. The practice of traditional medicine, which was passed
on from generation to generation, has gained a deep significance in our country's health care delivery,
considering that western medical treatment is expensive and most Filipinos could not
In 1992, the Department of Health (DOH),
through former Health Secretary and Senator Juan M. Flavier, first came out
with the Traditional Medicine Program by virtue of Administrative Order No. 12. This
special program was tasked to promote and advocate traditional medicine nationwide.
In order to institutionalize the program, the drafting of a traditional medicine law
started in 1994. Then in 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos, appreciating the potential of
traditional medicine in our health and economy, included this as one of his
administration's pole-vaulting strategies.
The timely approval of Republic Act 8423
(R.A. 8423) otherwise known as the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of
1997 gave rise to the creation of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and
Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), a government owned and controlled corporation (GOCC)
attached to the DOH to answer the present needs of the people on health care through
the provision and delivery of traditional and alternative health care (TAHC) products,
services and technologies that have been proven safe, effective and affordable.
“Traditional and alternative health care in the hands of the people”
"PITAHC upholds the right of every Filipino for better health through the provision of safe, effective and affordable traditional and alternative health care products, services and technologies."