QUEZON CITY, Philippines- The official recognition of traditional manghihilot moves one step closer with the official approval of the implementing guidelines by the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) Board of Trustees during their meeting held on March 3, 2016 at the PITAHC Conference Room.
The document, with the full title of “Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8423 IRR on the National Certification of Filipino Hilot Practitioners/ Manghihilot and Accreditation of Hilot Training Programs and Hilot Training and Healing Centers” was drawn up by the PITAHC Hilot Technical Working Group (TWG). The TWG was composed of the Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers Philippines, Inc. (ATHAG), the Alyansa ng Manghihilot at Albularyo (AMA), and Hilot Pinoy.
During the meeting of the Board of Trustees, UPOU Asst. Prof. Marie-Sol Hidalgo, who was recently made an official member of the TWG, presented an overview of the guidelines and proposed Code of Ethics for Hilot practitioners. After some questions and clarifications, the guidelines were approved by the BOT.