The Philippine Cerebral Palsy (Rehabilitation Center), Inc. located at Sacred Heart Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City, Philippines is the only non-stock, non-profit foundation dedicated to the treatment and alleviation of CP and related motor disorders in the Philippines. The center is at your service from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Mondays to Fridays, (except public and special holidays).
Services are free of charge although voluntary donations are encouraged to help ensure continuous therapy for patients and allow the Center to accept more CP individuals. These therapy sessions are conducted on an out-patient basis.
Upon arrival, the patients (and caregivers) are given an orientation of the center: its history, therapeutic and allied services available, policies and a tour of the facilities. At this point, emphasis is made on the regularity of the patient's visits whether for therapy or wellness check-ups but more importantly for progress evaluations.
Depending on the patient's presenting diagnosis, a recommended regimen of occupational or physical therapy will be discussed. This entails the patient's coming to the Center for one to two hours on a bi or tri-weekly basis. Likewise, proper scheduling-based on the availability of the Center's facilities as well as the patient's concerns particularly when they come from out of town - is carefully considered. In such cases, a daily therapy regimen is advised for one to two weeks. Thereafter, a home care program is taught to the patient's family / caregiver. However, it is equally important that the patient comes back for re-evaluation after three months. This way, the Center can monitor the progress and recommend other therapies depending on the outcome of the check-up.
The CP patient's comprehensive medical history is recorded. This includes maternal, familial, and/or developmental history-- pre and post pregnancy as well as during delivery. The Center's staff calendars the patient for consultation with the Medical Director; this entails a physical examination, diagnosis, evaluation and recommendation of treatment modalities and its frequency.
The Center's Medical Director shall refer the patient for other services or specialists as may be deemed necessary. Depending on specific needs, the patient may undergo physical, occupational or speech therapy; or take special education classes. Others may require prosthetic, orthotic or assistive devices. Surgery may be an option.
At PCPI, it is our goal that CP individuals maximize their full potential.
Philippine Cerebral Palsy (Rehabilitation Center), Inc. is the authority and leading institution at the forefront of providing superior multi-disciplinary care and management of individuals with CP and other motor-related disabilities regardless of race, creed, color, economic and social standing.
PCPI, the only Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in the Philippines catering specifically to the needs and care of individuals with cerebral palsy and other motor-related disorders, envisions a better future for the CP individual by advocating and championing for their rights as differently-abled yet productive members of their communities and the society.
It continues to strive for advancement in knowledge and expertise in areas of prevention and early detection of CP; and early intervention and rehabilitation of individuals with CP.
For these individuals, PCPI is a place of hope; a home away from home where they can develop their full potential as respected and productive members of their families, communities and society.
- To provide superior and multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and treatment to individuals with CP and other motor-related disabilities;
- To uphold authority, leadership and expertise in the rehabilitation of individuals with CP;
- To establish PCPI as the place of hope; a home away from home for people with CP and other motor-related disabilities - where they can identify and develop their full potential as accepted and productive members of their families, communities and society;
- To investigate, research and implement innovative means from which livelihood opportunities may be availed of by the CP individual so they may have means to support themselves;
- To forge alliances with private corporations and industries to respect and espouse equal opportunities for employment for persons with CP (and PWDs in general);
- To urge for (better) accessibility in all establishments where the CP individual may desire/dream of going (i.e. learning institutions, commercial and amusement areas, museums and other places of interest) where wheelchair access may be available yet even a few rungs/steps render the adult CP unable due to physical incapacity;
- To actively participate in drafting or review of legislation aimed to alleviate the plight of PWDs in general;
- To empower families of/with CP individuals in meeting the needs and caring for the afflicted CP child/adult thus helping them enjoy a better quality of life, attain self-reliance and be active participants in community/nation-building;
- To institutionalize fund raising efforts to ensure sustained operations and continued viability for the Center and implement/ introduce new therapeutic modalities in the care and management of cerebral palsy through research and progressive programs;
- To promote volunteerism and socio-civic responsibility among the different members of society as well as encourage Allied Medical Practitioners (OT/PT/Speech Pathology/Special Education) to commit to the service of their cerebral palsied countrymen;
- To urge the national government to involve the private, public and government sectors to uphold and enforce legislation, author new, progressive and sustainable agenda for the welfare of the PWD Filipino particularly for the CP individual, and
- To advocate for the rights of CP individuals (and Persons With Disabilities [PWD] population in general) in lobbying for effective legislation and its full implementation.
PCPI INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION, SPECIAL AWARDS AND CITATIONS
Cerebral Palsy in the Philippines had been pioneered by Dr. Deogracias Tablan who devoted his career in the alleviation of the conditions consequent to this motor disability.
He was elected as the 1st President of the Western Pacific Cerebral Palsy Association (WPCPA); was re-elected for succeeding years as he visited CP centers in all Western Pacific countries and was the only full-time medical practitioner/specialist who managed the then Elks Cerebral Palsy Project, Inc. now Philippine Cerebral Palsy (Rehabilitation Center), Inc.
Alliances were forged with the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association (ACPA) which entailed representation from the Center's professional staff to international CP conferences in Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan.
In December of 1972, Dr. Tablan was elected as the 1st Filipino Fellow to the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy (AACP). He was likewise recognized as Honorary Member and CP expert in Asia by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR REHABILITATION OF DISABLED
An organization Member of the World Commission on Cerebral Palsy on March 28, 1961.
PHILIPPINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Awarded in Manila September 26, 1964.
THE PHILIPPINE PEDIATRIC SOCIETY, INC.
1st Prize, Best Scientific Exhibit
2nd Annual Convention, Philippine Hospital Science Hall May 7 & 8, 1965.
NATIONAL SCIENCE DEVELOPMENTAL BOARD
This is to certify that Dr. Deogracis J. Tablan of Elks Cerebral Project, P. O. Box 672, Makati D-706 is determined by this office to be engaged in a specific research project entitled Elks Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Center.
Given January 10, 1972.
THE PHILIPPINE PEDIATRIC SOCIETY, INC.
2nd Place Award for Scientific Exhibits to Elks Cerebral Palsy Rehab Center held on the occasion of the Asian Congress of Pediatrics held on April 30 to May 4, 1974.
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL SERVICES & DEVELOPMENT (NCR)
Given May 22, 1980.
MANILA CHINATOWN LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILS. SCHOOL OF ALLIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, MANILA
In grateful acknowledgement and sincere Appreciation of its 25 years of wholehearted dedication & distinguished services rendered to the SCHOOL OF ALLIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONS.
Given in Manila during 25th Foundation Day of SAMP 9th Day of November, 1987.
THE COMMITTEE OF AWARDS MEDICINE WEEK
Awarded September 28, 1988.
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