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.

05 August 2010

ASP Olongapo City Chapter holds Lecture-Forum on UNCRPD

ASP Olongapo City Chapter conducted to 120 guests a Lecture-Forum on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), last July 24, 2010 at Columban College, Olongapo City.

Mr. Lauro Purcil during his Lecture-Forum

“It was a surprise for us to have such big turnout - a first, in the history of our chapter,” said Dr. Amy Sanchez. The guests, composed school principals, officers-in charge, and regular teachers, attended the forum-lecture came from both public and private schools of Olongapo City.

Many Filipinos, especially those who live in the provinces, are still unaware that the UNCRPD was ratified by the Philippine Government last April 2008. Mr. Lauro Purcil, UNCRPD Philippine Committee Head, was invited to give the lecture. Ka Lauro is also the Education Program Specialist of the Department of Education Central Office, Special Education Division.

ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon (right) with Mr. Lauro Purcil (4th from left)
with Olongapo City Chapter representatives

The lecture-forum also aimed to equip those who are working for PWDs in Olongapo and nearby towns. ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon gave an update on the Republic Act 9442 or Magna Carta of PWDs, especially on the provision of the 20% discount on medicines.

Dr. Amy Sanchez discussed “Segregation, Integration, Mainstreaming and Inclusion,” while Dr. David Calapatia, former ASP Trustee, gave an orientation on “Different Disabilities, Its Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis.” His better half, Engr. Marissa Calapatia, served as the emcee of the program.

ASP Olongapo Chapter is headed by Ms. Edna Aragones. The event was the chapter’s activity in celebration of the 32nd National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week in partnership with Association of Differently-Abled Persons of Olongapo, Inc.

Acknowledgements: McDonald’s Olongapo City for sponsoring the snacks and the Columban College for the venue.

ASP Chapters work hard to keep its members and partners informed about the rights and privileges of persons with disabilities. Be informed. Be pro-active. Be and Angel for Autism. To request for a lecture-forum in your area. Email us at or call 7-903-5496. Log on to ASP Community Website.


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