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.

Board of Trustees

The Autism Society Philippines elects its leadership from its 10,000 strong membership every two years.  The current Board of Trustees will serve from 2017 to 2019.

Erlinda U. Koe, Chairperson Emeritus. Dang graduated with degrees in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines. She is the first Chairman Emeritus of Autism Society Philippines, after serving an unprecedented three consecutive terms (2004 to 2009) of trail-blazing leadership as the National President. A sought-after speaker who travels to many parts of the country sharing hopes and building dreams with families living with autism, Dang is the recipient of 2013 Apolinario Mabini Award for Rehabilitation Volunteer and UST’s 2009 The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award for Humanitarian Service for her autism advocacy work. She is also the Vice-President for Enterprise Core Services for Armadillo Holdings Inc, a conglomerate involved in tourism, real estate, education, agriculture, among others. She is the mother to three boys, including 19 year-old PWA Gio, who propels her to be a passionate autism advocate.

Mona Magno-Veluz, President.  Mona serves as the National President of the Autism Society Philippines. She received degrees in Business Administration, Applied Economics and Strategic Marketing from the University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Asia and the Pacific and the London School of Business. Drawing from her experience as a corporate communications professional in a leading technology company, she helped grow the national advocacy initiatives such as the 1Pangako campaign and the ASP Angel Corps. Her eldest is PWA Carl, a young man working in their family business and growing his budding entrepreneurial venture.

Christine Marianne C. Roa, Vice President. Is a hands-on mom to Fedi who is now a 22 years old, adult with autism. Chrissy, as she was fondly called, ventured into early education and special needs to understand her son’s condition and help him better.  This led to putting up South Kids International School, where she pioneered mainstream education for individuals with special needs from which Fedi was one of the first batch of graduates from Grade School.

In 2004, she published one of only two local books on Autism.  “Federic’s Flight, The Triumphant Travels of a Child with Autism”, chronicled a true-to-life account of how Fedi successfully overcame the challenges of Autism and gives optimistic advice on the potential of a bright future.

To date, she continues to pursue her autism advocacy by sharing her son’s story, helping and inspiring families not to lose hope and take part in pushing for an autism-friendly Philippines.  Fedi graduated from mainstream High School in New Era University, finished a 2-year special Culinary Course at Open Hand School for Applied Arts and currently works as an intern in Puzzle Gourmet Store and Café in Blue Ridge, Quezon City.

Cecilia Sicam, Secretary. Ces is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as President from 2000 to 2004; and as its current Secretary. Inspired by her PWA son Likas, Ces has been instrumental in the founding of Professionals for Autism Foundation, Inc., Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Philippine Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Bridges Foundation where she is currently its Directress. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara, California; and came back to serve Filipino children with special needs. Her adult son is employed full time in RnB Ice Plant.

Evelyn O. Go, Treasurer. Evelyn juggled between managing her business and taking up Special Education in UP Diliman to help her son, Gelo. “This disability (autism) will be a life long challenge our family has to face. I accepted this and learned to cope.” With her no-non-sense financial management skills and business instincts, Evelyn has been a valued ASP Trustee, serving as the organization's Treasurer for multiple terms.

Helen Qua Cheng, Auditor. Helen graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a Degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Business Administration. She is currently working with her husband's family business and at the same time a full time mom to her four children including Kenrick Albert, a 21 year old PWA.

Perlita W. So, Trustee.  Peng juggles between being a full-time hands-on-mom to her two gems on the spectrum, Patrick and Angelo; while empowering her other adult children in handling the family business together with her husband. Patrick, who graduated with a degree in Life Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University, is working in quality control for a pharmaceutical firm; while Angelo is undergoing life skills and job readiness programs.  She also mentors new ASP chapters and inspires other families to explore our children's potential beyond the autism diagnosis.

Mary Grace L. Adviento, Trustee. A physical therapist by training but a copy center entrepreneur by profession, Grace is  mother to CWA Adrian. Her down-to-earth and magnetic appeal makes her one of the best facilitators of Early Detection and Intervention Program and SM Autism Orientation. Grace brings encouragement to mothers that life with autism can be exciting, giving smiles of hope to other families.  Grace has contributed to ASP in multiple capacities, most significantly as ASP’s President from 2010-2012.

Carmel C. Almendrala, Trustee. A former ambassador’s wife and an Ulirang Ina Awardee of 2010, Carmel personifies diplomacy as she faces the media with poise, grace and intelligence. In spite of the disconcerting circumstance, she worked tirelessly to advocate for her son Michael. Serving as Trustee for more than 6 terms, she reminds young mothers of children with autism: Grab every opportunity and don’t take no for an answer. This is evident in her son Mike, who is a Special Olympian Medalist of the Philippine Weightlifting Team, a 2005 Apolinario Mabini Awardee, and an independent member of the community working as an administrative staff of the Philippine Information Agency.

Marie Grace Gomez, Trustee. Is a Associate Professor 2 and a faculty member of the Special Education Area, UP College of Education at University of the Philippines Diliman. She is also the Director of the Diliman Learning Resource Center. Doctor Grace is currently connected with the Counselor Education Area of the College of Education.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (1998), a Master of Arts in Education Degree with major in Guidance (2003), a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree majoring in Guidance (2007) and another Doctor of Philosophy in Education Degree majoring in Special Education (2012).

Ma. Victoria Ramos, Trustee. Marivic currently serves as the Vice-President of ASP Laguna Chapter. Marivic is a pillar of the autism advocacy community in Los Baños, immersing herself in special education and training and empowerment programs over the years. 

As an ASP delegate, she was elected to the board of the Philippine Community Based Disability Inclusive Development Network. She is a single mother to a young adult with autism, Victor Michael "Mico" Ramos who is currently working at ASP National Headquarters as Junior Program Assistant.

Ma. Joyla N. Ofrecia, Trustee. Is a mother of a teenage boy with autism. She has been a hands-on mother and for more than 10 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other school/center-based interventions for her own son and other children with autism. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation. She conducts orientations and training to parents and professionals on autism. She is the current president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando Chapter. Teacher Joy finds her fulfillment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with special needs.

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