Duterte declares July 17 as ‘National Physiatry Day’
MANILA, Philippines— President Rodrigo Duterte has declared July 17 of every year as the “National Physiatry Day.”
In Proclamation No. 1017 signed September 10, Duterte underscored that musculoskeletal conditions are the “second largest contributor to disability” in persons worldwide.
“Given the growing number of patients with rehabilitation needs in the country, there is a need to strengthen support in providing access and affordable medication and rehabilitation to them by raising awareness and encouraging collaboration among relevant stakeholders,” Duterte said in the proclamation made public on Friday.
Physiatry, also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation, aims to enhance, restore and optimize function and quality of life, and prevent the loss of ability to function of patients with physical impairments and disabilities.
Duterte directed the Department of Health to lead and identify projects for the annual observance of National Physiatry Day.
The President also encouraged other government agencies and local government units to promote programs advocating for awareness on rehabilitation.