LAST JULY 19, 2011, THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICAL therapy faculty and staff spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony for the UERMMMCI's new Philippine school of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) Building, which will be constructed along Kapiligan Street in Quezon City. The event took place at the UERM gymnasium and at the said future PSPO site, conveniently nestled behind the UERM College of Nursing Building.

This important milestone in the path to sustainable and accessible services for persons with disability was graced by the Honorable Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, who was the guest speaker of the event.

Other distinguished guests included the Honorable Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Honorable Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Celia Yangco, and former Isabela Governor Grace Padaca, who also gave a response as a representative of persons with disability.

There were important guests from non-government organizations as well such as Mr. Washington Sycip; Ms. Catherine Vasseur, the program director of Handicap International; the EVP and CEO of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Ms. Joy Garcia; and Mr. Lauro Purcil, representative to the UN Convention for the rights of PWDs, to name a few.

Proponents of the project also attended the event, headed by the UERMMMCI Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Lucio Tan; the UERMMMCI President, Dr. Romeo Divinagracia; Mr. Michael Scott, the Country Director of Cambodia Trust; and the UE President, Dr. Ester Albano-Garcia. The distinguished guests were ushered by the Dean of the College of Physical Therapy, Dr. Raquel Cabazor, and Program director helen cochrane to place a time capsule into the future site of the PSPO building.

The planned four-storey building, which is made possible by the University of the East, will house the PSPO classrooms, technical and clinical laboratories, and library. These facilities will be fully equipped and staffed with the generous support of the Nippon Foundation of Japan.


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