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.

13 March 2021

Meet the Candidates for ASP Trustees 2021 - 2022

The Autism Society Philippines will be electing its 11 new National Trustees, who will serve for the year 2021-2022 -- between 15-28 March 2021.


The Election Committee, composed of Cenin Faderogao (EleCom Chair), Abby Mendoza and  Angel Penaloza reviewed twenty six (26) nominees for the minimum criteria set in the ASP By Laws. Read the nomination guidelines here: https://bit.ly/3k3vFiD. While some were not qualified, others did not accept the nomination. Upon election, the board will hold an internal vote on who will take posts in the National Executive Committee: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Auditor.


 
Here are the profiles of the final 14 candidates (in alphabetical order) for the ASP National Board 2021-2022; and their qualifications and accomplishments to-date in our autism advocacy.  You may fill out your digital ballot here: https://bit.ly/3voEicX.

Candidate #1:
Mary Grace L. Adviento (Quezon City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Trustee
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: BS Medical Technology (Our Lady of Fatima College)
Advocacy Accomplishment:  
Grace advanced the autism advocacy across multiple areas in the Philippines and abroad, as the ASP National President (2009-2012) and as a charter signatory in the creation of the ASEAN Autism Network.

Candidate #2:
Helen Q. Cheng (Caloocan City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Auditor
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: BS Commerce (University of Santo Tomas)
Advocacy Accomplishment
Helen develops the capabilities of ASP in e-commerce and inspires economic empowerment in budding artists and entrepreneurs, as the ASP National Program Manager of ASP AutisMALL. 

Candidate #3:
Jhoi Ciriaco (Manila City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: New candidate
Occupation: HR Professional
Education: AB Psychology (Norte Dame University, Dadiangas)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Jhoi influences autism-inclusive employment in organizations she has served through the establishment of disability-inclusive frameworks, sensitivity training, cross-company collaboration towards the adoption of best practices in diversity and inclusion.

Candidate #4:
 Ritchelle Joy Donaire (Davao City, Davao del Sur)
Last ASP National Position Held: New candidate
Occupation: Public Servant
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Momay developed the readiness of young jobseekers on the autism spectrum and nurtured partnerships with transition education centers in Davao City, as the Project Manager of the ASP Autism Works program in her province. 

Candidate #5:
Evelyn O. Go (Quezon City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Treasurer
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: BS Food and Nutrition (University of Santo Tomas), MA units Special Education (UP Diliman)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Evelyn ensures the financial growth and sustainability of the society, through no-nonsense financial management and responsible governance, having served as ASP's Treasurer for multiple terms.

Candidate #6:
Donna Lim (Quezon City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Trustee
Occupation: Fitness Educator
Education: BA in Fine Arts (College of the Holy Spirit)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Donna inspires health and physical well-being of children and youth on the autism spectrum and the families who care for them, as the Project Manager of the ASP AUthletics program, an Angels Walk warm-up choreographer and a regular volunteer for ASP Pweday.

Candidate #7:
Mona Magno-Veluz (Dasmarinas, Cavite)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National President
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: BS Business Administration (UP Diliman), MA Applied Business Economics (University of Asia and the Pacific), Strategic Market Communications (London School of Business)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Mona engineers programs, policies, government and private sector partnerships and communication platforms that support the society's vision of an autism-inclusive society; and ensures grant funds are available to finance them -- as the framework architect behind robust service programs (ASP Artismo, ASP AUthletics, ASP Autism Works, ASP AutisMALL, ASP HOMEpowement, ASP PweDay), social campaigns (AOK Pilipinas web show, ASP 1Pangako) and organizational innovations (ASP Angel Corps, ASP Self Advocates Circle).

Candidate #8:
Julia Moll (Santiago, Isabela)
Last ASP National Position Held: New candidate
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: (St. Louis University, Baguio)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Julia built the autism advocacy in her community in Santigao, Isabela, through the establishment of a strong connection with the local government and the implementation of creative, relevant events and projects for the benefit children and youth on the autism spectrum and their families -- as the local chapter president.

Candidate #9: 
Maria Joyla N. Ofrecia (San Fernando, Pampanga)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Trustee
Occupation: Independent Consultant
Education: MA Special Education (Angeles University Foundation)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Joy empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, ASP Education Committee and the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. She organizes and mentors budding  ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP North Luzon Cluster Head.

Candidate #10:
Victoria Ramos (Los Banos, Laguna)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Trustee
Occupation: Community Development Professional
Education: BS Commerce (Holy Cross of Davao College)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Marivic empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to Autism Resource Center in Los Banos, Laguna. She organizes and mentors budding  ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP VisMin Cluster Head.

Candidate #11
:  Cecile S. Sicam (Quezon City, NCR)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Secretary
Occupation: Retired Special Education Teacher
Education: BS Social Work (UP Diliman), MA units in Special Education (UP Diliman)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Ces continues to drive autism advocacy, parent-led autism intervention and family education and support, as one of the 11 pioneering founders of the Autism Society Philippines, ASP President (2001-2004), the framework architect behind the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, Head of the ASP Education and Empowerment Committee and and the Program Manager of the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. 

Candidate #12:
Perlita W. So (Angeles City)
Last ASP National Position Held: ASP National Vice-President
Occupation: Full-time Homemaker
Education: BS Food Technology (University of Santo Tomas)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Peng nurtures well-rounded skills, holistic well-being and social connection of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as well as grows our circle of diverse volunteers and corporate partners -- as the Program Manager of ASP PweDay. 

Candidate #13: 
Lorenzo “LJay” Sumulong III (Antipolo, Rizal)
Last ASP National Position Held: New candidate
Occupation: Artisan Farmer
Education: BS Sociology (University of California, Davis), BS Public Administration (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)
Advocacy Accomplishment:
LJay built the autism advocacy in his community in Antipolo, Rizal, through the establishment of a strong connection with the local government and the implementation of creative, relevant events and projects for the benefit children and youth on the autism spectrum and their families -- as the local chapter president.

Candidate #14:
Bernadette Jeavian V. Tabares
Last ASP National Position Held: New candidate
Occupation: Full-time Homemaker
Advocacy Accomplishment:
Badette supports public autism awareness education through sensitivity seminars and media guesting; and empowers families of children and youth on the autism spectrum through training -- as the current ASP Antipolo chapter president.





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