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.

11 November 2010

ASP supports NVAP in march to CHR

By: Cristine Republica, ASP Trainee

ASP, represented by Executive Director, Ranilo Sorongon, showed support to New Vois Association of the Philippines Inc. (NVAP) in filing a letter of proposal to Commission on Human Rights (CHR) last October 04, 2010. NVAP is a support group for victims of laryngeal cancer and tobacco control group headed by Mr. Emer Rojas. The 50 strong PWD group appealed to the CHR to support the Department of Health (DOH) in its fight to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs. ASP participated in this exercise to show solidarity with NVAP.

The CHR Group composed of Commissioner Cecilia Rachel “Coco” Quisumbing, Commissioner Norberto Dela Cruz welcomed for advocates. CHR Chairperson, Etta Rosales, expressed full support and assured that CHR will come up with a resolution to impose penalties on agencies that will not enforce laws pertaining to warnings on the ill effects of smoking.
Ka Ranil of ASP (wearing Green Visor) together with Ka Pete (seated), Ka Lauro (with Collar) and other KAMPI members

The Movement For The Realization Of The Rights Of PWD is headed by Lauro Purcil of KAMPI-NCR, Emer Rojas of NVAP, Ranil Sorongon of ASP, and Abner Manlapaz of Life Haven. The leaders expressed unwavering commitment to promote the welfare of the sectors.

Last July 19, ASP and other PWD groups joined the Indignation March against Drug Stores who continue to deny 20% discounts on medicines for PWDs. The group submitted a formal complaint on violation of RA 9442 and BP 344, or the Accessibility Law.

ASP continues to promote the welfare and rights of person with autism and remains proactive in empowering PWDs, who are of the marginalized sector of society.

Other PWD Groups participated: *Akbayan Party *Catholic Organization of Deaf and Adults in St. Joseph Church *Katipunan ng May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc. (KAMPI) *Philippine Laryngectomee Club *The Urban Poor * Urban Land Reform Task Force (AKO BAHAY-PL)


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