Solons seek inclusion of cash aid in Mental Health Law

Published October 16, 2021, 6:40 PM

by Manila Bulletin

Three members of the House of Representatives are seeking to amend the Mental Health Act (Republic Act No. 11036).

Bohol 3rd District Rep. Kristine Alexie Tutor, Bohol 1st District Rep. Edgar Chatto and Aurora Rep. Rommel Rico Angara have filed House Bills 6782, 6806 and 6884, respectively, to amend the said law to authorize the grant of compensation benefits and financial assistance when an employee or worker suffers from work-related mental health issues or disability.

In her explanatory note on HB 6782, Tutor said that the amendment to RA 11036 is proposed to ensure that employees receive immediate benefits or compensation should the employee sustain a temporary or permanent mental disability while in the performance of duty or by reason of his or her office or position.

The Mental Health Act or RA 11036 was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 20, 2018 and took effect on July 5 that same year.

RA 11036 seeks to enhance the delivery of integrated mental health services, and the promotion and protection of the rights of persons utilizing psychiatric, neurologic, and psychosocial health services, by appropriating funds.

The law also calls on the government to affirm the basic right of all Filipinos to mental health as well as the fundamental rights of people who require mental health services.

It also directs the government to comply strictly with its obligations under the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities, and all other relevant international and regional human rights conventions and declarations.

Last October 1, the Department of Health (DOH) signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Mental Health Act. (Melvin Sarangay)