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.

18 June 2010

ASP Legaspi Chapter dominated by Fathers

ASP expands its wings to the home of the majestic Mayon Volcano, in Legaspi City Albay; with the mission of empowering parents, professionals and students to advocate for the rights and welfare of persons with autism.

Last June 12, ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon answers the call of the invitation of Teacher Abe Reblora to an orientation about ASP’s programs and services, the rights and benefits, duties and responsibilities of members, and how to organize a chapter.

ASP Executive Director during the orientation about ASP's program and services

He also briefed the participants on the laws on PWDs like the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the Magna Carta for PWDs or the Republic Act 9442 and its amendments. He focused on the benefits, especially the PWD discounts accorded by the law.

An open forum followed after the orientation to clarify a lot of issues and concerns. Since everyone was there, the group then decided to conduct an election to choose the interim officers.

“For the first time in ASP’s history, more fathers attended the orientation than mothers. This shows a positive involvement of men in the chapter, and the good news is, this time more fathers were also elected as officers,” reported Ranil. (ASP National and ASP Chapter officers are mostly estrogen dominated).

ASP Legaspi City Chapter is headed by Mr. Nelson Ibarra, a father of a child with autism. Teacher Abe Reblora was elected as the Secretary. The group will schedule a PWD Laws Forum as the initial activity and formalize the chapter with the induction of officers during the celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week.

Acknowledgments: Teacher Abe Reblora of Sun Beam Therapy and Learning Center of Legazpi City for initiating the Chapter Organization and hosting the event.


ASP continues to work hard building new chapters to address the growing needs of families of children with autism. Be an Angel for Autism. Donate to ASP Chapters. Log on to ASP Community Website. Email us at or call 7-903-5496.


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