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.

19 July 2012

ASP inducts 3 new chapters in Bicol



ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon and Trustee Gina Bermudo visited our friends from the Bicol region from July 5 to 9, 2012, in keeping with the organization's commitment of bringing hope and help to Filipino families living with autism nationwide. Sorongon and Bermudo met with autism welfare advocates in Virac (Catanduanes), Legazpi (Albay), Naga City (Camarines Sur) and Daet, Camarines Norte).

ASP Trustee Gina Bermudo assisted Hon. Roy Laynes in the induction of the officers of newly organized ASP Virac Chapter, headed by Ms. Marjorie Cantollas.

In meetings with the chapter leaders of ASP Legazpi chapter, Sorongon and Bermudo discussed the possibility of staging a “Regional Conference on Autism” in Bicol. Ms. Amy Bolinas, the head of the Philippine Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Network, who is based in Legazpi City, was in attendance.

Gina Bermudo also led the induction of the new set of officers of the ASP Naga Chapter headed by President Ma. Beatriz Balmaceda.

Director Sorongon inducted the officers of the ASP Daet, Camarines Sur Chapter, headed by Dr. Arsenio M. Angeles Jr.

Director Sorongon was joined by Ms. Adel Martinez, the former president of ASP Lucena Chapter during his visit to the Dioneda Special Education Center where the induction took place.

Gina Bermudo gave lectures on Understanding Autism and an informal Family Support Group meetings; while Director Sorongon gave a lecture on Republic Act (RA) 9442 or Discounts for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as well as some updates on the disability sector.

The ASP National Office appreciates the hospitality of all the chapters, of Mayor Sarion of Daet, of Hon. Laynes of Virac, of the Dioneda family and of all who contributed to the success of the visit.

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For those who are interested to organize a chapter, kindly contact ASP National Office at 926 6941, 929 8447 or email at autismphils@gmail.com

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