Through the support of PDAO Head Virgie Montilla, the ASP Cainta Chapter was created and the community held their election last 4 April 2015 at Cainta Elementary School, Cainta, Rizal.
This milestone was followed by an autism sensitivity seminar for public school teacher and PWD families at the Cainta Municipal Hall grounds on 14 April 2014. Local government official Dr. Olga Abellanosa joined Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President (who also happens to be a Cainta resident) in the seminar and the awarding of the chapter's accreditation certificate, granted by the ASP National Board, to the chapter.
The highlight of the affair was the speech made by Vice Mayor Pia Schuck-Velasco echoing her good wishes and all-out support for the new chapter of the Autism Society Philippines. She shared that the various PWD livelihood programs she has initiated could welcome workers with autism. Vice Mayor Velasco then swore into office the newly-elected officers of ASP Cainta: President Laarni B. Francisco, Vice President Cristina C. Olivia, Secretary Catherine A. Canja, Treasurer Mariza S. Fernandez, P.R.O. Ma. Marilyn J. Mago and Auditor Glenn M. Iwase.
Marian Deegan once wrote “When we make a habit of acting on the interests arising out of our authentic passions, our enthusiasm can open doors before we even realize the potential that lies beyond them.”
We wish ASP Cainta all the best in its new-found chapterhood! We believe that you can further the autism inclusion advocacy within this vibrant community. Yes, ASP Cainta can!