It is not that surprising. The rule stems from the Philippines wanting to avoid the opioid problems that has plagued the rest of Asia for centuries and, more recently, the Western world. While their laws may be Draconian, a severe over-correction and have serious implications for patient end-of-life/post surgery comfort, they do serve a purpose and it is hard to argue that they didn't achieve the goals they set out to achieve.
I believe there are two types of prescription pads in the Philippines; a white one and a pink/red(?) one. You would be looking for a doctor that has the pink/red one and they are going to be few and far between, for obvious reasons. I can't help you with this but I wish you the best.
Btw, if you are suffering from insomnia the best course of action is likely a change of lifestyle/habits...not drugs, which can become addictive or make you reliant on them for sleep (I suffered from insomnia a long time ago. Turned out that I had some really bad habits that were keeping me up at night). Perhaps a bit of reflection on some bad/ unhealthy habits or underlying mental health issues could better, and more permanently, address the issue.
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