I am calling on the Department of Health (DOH) to act swiftly and attend to the reported “mental health crisis” in evacuation centers temporarily housing residents displaced by the ongoing war in Marawi City.

The DOH should immediately dispatch a team of mental health experts to the evacuation centers, where cases of mental disorder among the evacuees were suspected.

While I hope this mental health issue is a false alarm, what’s important is that we look into this matter, provide the necessary medical and counseling intervention to evacuees manifesting disturbance, and provide immediate curative measures.

We will ensure in the Senate Health Committee that the situational report provided by mental health experts containing general evaluation of the problem and recommendations would be acted upon urgently and appropriately.