The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

27 May 2009

From a Father to a Mother... the Journey of Hope Continues.

During the 2007 election of ASP Trustees, Alfred Contreras was the lone father who made it to the magic 11 who would serve as Board Trustees from 2008-2009. A mother, Jacky Garcia was a close #12.

Alfred Contreras is an Industrial Engineer by training yet a property developer and manager by profession. Serving as a trustee, he provided valuable inputs gathered from his years of working as a software engineer.

“Aside from being a very dedicated father to his 6-year old Gio, one thing I admire of Fred is his work attitude. He gets things done. Basta my oras sya..gagawin nya kaagad.(As long as he has the time, he will really get into things). I experienced that when we worked together during the last ASP National Autism Conference,” says fellow former trustee Evert Malapad, ASP Metro-South President.

“A father is the pillar of every family and should lead the way in coping with their child with autism. The head of the family should inspire and serve as source of strength of the other members,” said Alfred during one of his interviews.

After serving as Trustee since 2006, he had to cut his second term for business concerns. Daddy Albert passes the torch to Jacqueline Garcia.

Fellow Cavitena, Jan Peña, Board Trustee and ASP Bacoor Chapter President shares: “It’s hard to handle a family, a teaching job in a public school, a center for special children, an ASP chapter, and a Board Trustee position all at same time! But despite her loaded schedule, Jackie is always supportively there where she is needed most! ASP Bacoor is really proud to have one empowered, model super-mom like her who gets fellow parents and professionals on the move for "the cause!"

Jackie is currently serving as the President-elect of soon to be inducted ASP Molino, our 38th Chapter. We gladly welcome her to the ASP Board of Trustee, serving from May until the end of this term this year.

ASP would like to thank old and new board of trustees for their continued commitment in serving families dealing with autism.


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