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.

15 November 2011

ASP Reaches to the Bangus Capital of the Philippines

True to its mission of empowering more parents of children with autism and their families around the Philippines, ASP spreads its angel wings to reach Dagupan City, Bangus Capital of the country.

Last November 12, 2011, ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon and Vice President Peng So traveled to Dagupan City to meet the chapter’s members and officers. The representatives from Manila were welcomed and treated for lunch at DagupeƱa Restaurant by Dr. Broncano and Mrs. Cindy Calimlim.

After a sumptuous lunch of bangus (milk fish) and native menu, the group proceeded to Oakridge International School, where some members and children with autism were waiting. The program then started with a welcome message from the president of the chapter, Dr. Christina T. Broncano.

Director Sorongon was called to give the orientation about ASP, its programs and services and the rights, benefits and responsibilities of the chapter as well as the members. He also gave a lecture on Republic Act 9442 focusing on the 20% percent discounts of persons with disabilities (PWD).The members were happy to share that most of their children have their PWD IDs and are enjoying the discounts.

A notable information was bought up by a parent working in a dialysis clinic, on how PhilHeath members are being subsidized when they undergo treatment. She suggested the possibility of enacting a policy for PhilHealth members to include diagnostic evaluation and therapy service benefits for children with autism/other disabilities.

The induction of chapter officers was officiated by ASP National Vice-President, Peng So. She led the group in reciting their Oath of Office, which serves as their unwavering commitment to their constituents. Ms. So reiterated in her message the importance of sustaining the passion of the members. She said it is easy to organize a chapter, but the bigger challenge is how to continue burning the fire that was started during the organization.
ASP Vice President Peng So

The New set of Officers headed by Dr. Christina T. Broncano

Ms. Josie de Vera, National President of the Katipunang May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas (KAMPI) and Regional President of the Women with Disabilities, also gave an inspirational message and assured the group of her support. Ms. De Vera is from Dagupan City.

One vital ingredient of the new chapter was the presence of three fathers, a grandmother and some siblings who in one way or the other signified their support to the chapter.

ASP National Office would like to congratulate ASP Dagupan City chapter. With your presence, our goal of sharing hopes and building dreams will be slowly realized.

ASP Dagupan City chapter and ASP National Office would like to thank the management of Oakridge International School, Dagupan City for hosting the event. Thank so much!

You can contact the ASP Dagupan Chapter President Dr. Christina T. Broncano at 0905-330-9194.


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