About PITAHC

The Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care is a government-owned and controlled corporation attached to the Department of Health (DOH) which was created in December 7, 1997 per Republic Act No. 8423, otherwise known as the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) of 1997 authored by Senator Juan M. Flavier.

PITAHC is currently headed by Director-General Annabelle Pabiona-De Guzman, MD, FPAFP, MHA, MA Med (UK), CESE under the direction of a Board of Trustees composed of representatives from different government agencies namely: Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Department of Agriculture (DA); Commission on Higher Education (CHED); and representatives from the industries/sectors namely: a physician engaged in the practice of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM); a member from a duly recognized academe engaged in T&CM research; a T&CM practitioner who is not a physician; a western medical practitioner preferably from the Philippine Medical Association; one member from the natural food industry and one member from environmental sector. The board is chaired by the Secretary of Health.

POWER and FUNCTIONS
1. To formulate standards, guidelines and codes of ethical practice appropriate for the practice of traditional and alternative health care as well as in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products, for approval’ and adoption by the appropriate government agencies;

2. To formulate standards, guidelines and codes of ethical practice appropriate for the practice of traditional and alternative health care as well as in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products, for approval’ and adoption by the appropriate government agencies;

3. To formulate standards, guidelines and codes of ethical practice appropriate for the practice of traditional and alternative health care as well as in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products, for approval’ and adoption by the appropriate government agencies;

4. To formulate standards, guidelines and codes of ethical practice appropriate for the practice of traditional and alternative health care as well as in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products, for approval’ and adoption by the appropriate government agencies.

Director’s Corner

Dr. Annabelle Pabiona-De Guzman,
FPAFP, MHA, MA Med (UK), CESE
Director General

Dr. Annabelle Pabiona-De Guzman serves as the Director General of PITAHC. Through her wisdom and education, she treats her work as a mission to transform the traditional and alternative medical sector in the Philippines. Read more to learn about her achievements and involvements with PITAHC.

MEET OUR LEADERS

Our Board of Trustees acts as the governing body of PITAHC. They serve the best interest of our stakeholders by advocating for the Filipino people’s health and well-being through traditional and alternative Health Care.

HONORABLE

FRANCISCO T. DUQUE III

Chairman

Secretary of Health

GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES

 

DR. JAIME CARLOS MONTOYA

Executive Director

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

ATTY. THERESA M. TENAZAS

Permanent Representative

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

DR. VIVENCIO R. MAMARIL

Director IV

Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

DR. ELLA CECILIA G. NALIPONGUIT

Director III

Bureau of Learner Support Services

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

LILIAN A. DE LAS LLAGAS, MScTM, PhD., LLB

Commissioner

COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION

SECTORAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

DR. MARTIN DG. CAMARA

Physician, TAHC Practitioner

DR. ISIDRO SIA

Academe/Research Institute

MS. CECILIA A. LUCENTALES

Non-Physician, TAHC Practitioner

DR. RONALDO C. CRUZ

Philippine Medical Association

MR. EMMANUEL HUGH H. VELASCO II

Natural Food and Industry/Organic Food Industry

DR. ROBERT A. UMANDAP

Environmental Sector