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.

02 September 2010

Together, We Conduit for Autism

By: Tiffany Tan, ASP Board Secretary

“I feel that I have a deeper purpose to fulfill. As a parent, I want to instill empowerment, especially to mothers,” said mom Gigi Daza, mother to four boys. Two of whom have autism. The older son Mark now 14 y/o has Asperger’s Syndrome and the youngest Kyle, 9y/o has classic autism.

“Autism must become a national issue. It is important to make our voices be heard. I am but one voice, to add on to the many voices. I will actively, in my own personal capacity, inspire and encourage families to wake up,” continued Mom Gigi. She was addressing 70 participants during the Chapter Leaders Conference last August 28, 2010 at Legend Villas.

Ms. Gigi Daza during the Chapter Leaders Conference

Statistics show that in developing countries, only 5% of persons with disabilities (PWD) are diagnosed properly, with only 2% receiving interventions. The same is true in the Philippines where limited programs and services are highly concentrated in Metro Manila. Addressing the needs of Filipinos living with autism, especially in the provinces is one of ASP’s top priorities.

“In my exposure during the 14th Congress as Paul’s wife I found out that there are many different legislators from different regions have in fact children afflicted with autism; some also have relatives with autism.”

Mom Gigi is wife to Governor Paul Daza, who previously served in the Lower House as Congressman of 1st District of Northern Samar. Before the end of his term as Congressman, Governor Paul Daza committed One Hundred Thousand Pesos for the Early Detection and Early Intervention Program in Northern Samar.

“I will be your conduit. We need funding to implement our cause. Let’s make public officials take on autism as their cause. There should be implementation, because we have so many issues to deal with. We at ASP are blessed, because of our life-line in the legislation, Congressman Tieng.”

“To the parents, let us also in our own little way, make a difference. Let’s be viable and accountable. Let’s walk the talk. We need action from our noble leaders. Let’s continue and never be tired of it.”

After she finished her speech, Congressman Tieng approached to congratulate Mom Gigi Daza. ASP is thankful for people like them, who take on AUTISM as their advocacy. Are you an Angel for Autism? Be Pro-Active. Donate generously to ASP programs and services. And help make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families. Calll 7-903-5496 or email us at


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