Activity Report from Philippines

Life Haven conducted IL Seminar Workshops at Philippine Orthopedic Center and at Tahanang Walang Hagdanan

The Psychology Department of Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) located at Banawe St., Quezon City approved the proposal of Life Haven Independent Living Center to introduce the Independent Living Philosophy for-discharge-patients.

Initially, presentation was made to Dr. Marilyn Deocareza, Dr. Layee Alaba, Dr. Cynthia Malig and Dr. Jovelyn Mangahas on April 27, 2007. The audience appreciated the concept of Independent Living and were impressed by Joon Baltazar, Jun Bernandino, and Abner Manlapaz members of LHILC. The orientation won their support and pledge to include IL programs and services as part of their program for patients who are candidates for discharge.

On May 10, 2007, the first orientation to patients of POC was conducted. Thirteen patients and several personal assistants and occupational/physical therapy interns attended.

The Psychology Department thru Dr. Layee Alaba and the Rehab Chief Dr. Ma. Eulalia Beredo announced that they would take up on their upcoming Executive Committee meeting this development to include Independent Living as part of their program for patients who are about to be discharged.

Last May 29 – 31, 2007 Life Haven and SCI Foundation in cooperation with Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Inc. conducted an IL Peer Counseling Seminar Workshop at Bahay San Leonardo (San Leonardo House) in Jala-jala, Rizal. Fourteen persons with disabilities attended the seminar workshop which lasted for 3 days. Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH) is the biggest institution in the Philippines with several Sheltered Workshops and Residential Institutions scattered across the Philippines. TWH is advocating Independent Living and are promoting inclusion and barrier-free society. Virgie Montilla of TWH conveyed to us their intention to have more IL workshops to empower persons with disabilities and promote community living of persons with disabilities. Many participants noted that they never seen severely disabled persons leading seminar workshops and that they were inspired by severely disabled persons living independently in the community.

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