The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

15 December 2011

SM Sta. Mesa Vows to Respect Children’s Rights

By: Cath Genovia, ASP Program Assistant

“I promise to take care of your child and protect his rights whenever he is here in SM City Sta. Mesa!,” vowed 155 frontliners, staff from general services, cashiers and some tenants of the said mall, during their Children’s Month Celebration.



As part of the celebrations, ASP Executive Director, Ranil Sorongon, was invited guest speaker on“Social Protection and Proper Handling of Children with Disability”. The activity took place at the Events Center of the same mall last October 26, 2011.

In 2007, ASP National, together with its 54 Chapters nationwide, collaborated for the “Autism Orientation Project,” aiming to educate mall frontliners about Special Shoppers with Autism.This led to the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) and SM Supermalls partnership in envisioning a PWD- Friendly environment in the mall.

Engr. Adonna Dimapilis, SM City Sta. Mesa Building Administrator, related an incident in one of the SM Malls opened their eyes to the needs of customers with special needs.

The incident involved a missing person with autism was later reconciled to his mother. The SM Cares now integrates the “Caring for Special Customers” as part of their advocacy under the SM Program on Disability Affairs.

This year, Engr. Royston Cabuñag, head on SM Committee on Program for the Youth and Children’s Welfare, coordinated with Eng. Dimapilis, to invite Dir. Sorongon. According to Ms.Karen Joyce Cordova, SM City Sta. Mesa Operation Assistant, other programs of the Youth and Children’s Welfare also include the PWD Seminar, Breast Feeding and Caring for Special Customers Program.

Other invited speakers were Ms.Denia Gamboa of Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), who talked about "Children's Rights and/ or Development’ and Dra.Abigail Sarmiento-Mercado of Philippine Pediatrics Society, who discussed on "Children's Health and Nutrition”.

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For companies or establishments wishing to have a similar activity in your area, kindly coordinate with us through phone nos. 926 6941/ 929 8447 or email us at autismphils@gmail.com

Be an Angel for Autism. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Donate to Autism Society Philippines Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2. Email us at autismphils@gmail.com or call 9266941 / 9298447.

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