Practice Relating to Rule 131. Treatment of Displaced Persons
Section E. International assistance to displaced persons
In 1990, a number of government departments and NGOs in the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Agreement providing that an NGO medical team would be given access in order to ensure the delivery of health services to IDPs located in evacuation centres or in other areas where health resources were inadequate.
The Guidelines on Evacuations adopted by the Presidential Human Rights Committee of the Philippines in 1991 provide:
Non-Government health workers (e.g. doctors, nurses, dentists, trained community health workers and volunteer relief workers) shall be permitted to go to evacuation centres to render medical/relief assistance to evacuees.