BACOLOD CITY, May 24 (PNA) — Hundreds of indigenous peoples (IPs) in conflict zones in Isabela town in Negros Occidental underwent a whole-day stress debriefing Friday.
The activity was part of medical and dental missions spearheaded by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in partnership with Bantay Bata 163, Provincial Health Office and municipal government of Isabela.
NCIP Development Management Officer Hazel Torrefiel said they requested the help a psychologist to assess the level of stress experienced by the IPs every time government forces and insurgents clash in their domain.
“This is one way of helping the IPs recover from the trauma for we all knew that most of them were just caught in between this long-running conflict,” Torrefiel told the Philippines News Agency.
The one session group therapy participated mostly by the members of Bukidnon tribe was held in San Agustin Elementary School, Barangay San Agustin, Isabela, Negros Occidental.
Aside from this, Torrefiel said the medical and dental missions also offered free circumcision.
They also distributed nine sacks of used clothing donated by various individuals from Bacolod City. (PNA)