imPeTus - Philippine Physical Therapy Association


imPeTus - Philippine Physical Therapy Association
Welcome ___ new PPTA members!
Welcome 140 new PPTA members!
Official Newsletter of the
Philippine Physical Therapy Association
October to December 2010
See you all in Davao for the Philippine
Physical Therapy Association 2011
National Convention on
August 26 & 27.
PPTA Holds 2010 National Convention
“Broadening the Reach of the Filipino Physical Therapist” was the theme of the 2010 National Convention of the
Philippine Physical Therapy Association, Inc. (PPTA) that was held last December 4-5, 2010 at the Traders Hotel, Pasay
City, Metro Manila. About 400 physical therapists once again gathered to discuss current trends and issues in the
physical therapy profession.
Before the convention formally commenced, the annual PPTA general assembly was held. Induction of new PPTA
members and renewal of oath were done during this session. PPTA President Gayline F. Manalang Jr., MOH, PTRP and
PPTA Treasurer Arthur Bhenedict K. King, PTRP also presented the President’s and Treasurer’s reports, respectively.
The event kicked off with the keynote address given by Undersecretary Teodoro Javier Herbosa, MD of the Department of
The first plenary delved on the collaborative practice of Filipino physical therapists. Almira Tagala-Manuel, PTRP
represented Filipino PTs working on disability-oriented non-govenrnment organizations. Leoniv R. dela Cruz, PTRP
portrayed PTs in a corporate ergonomic set up. Experiences on sports injury was also shared by Raymond J. Pili, PTRP,
and Mylene L. Aguirre, PTRP talked about Bobath Advocacy Group in the Philippines. The plenary was headed by Mr.
Donald S. Lipardo, MSPT, PTRP.
(L-R): Arthur Bhenedict King, Donald Lipardo, Michael Gabilo, Royson Mercado,
Jocelyn Agcaoili, Donald Manlapaz, Gayline Manalang Jr., Napoleon Caballero
Culturally congruent care in PT was the highlight of
the second plenary. Development of cultural
competence is the focus of the symposium which
included the following topics: “The nature of culture
and its impact on health care”, “Cultural
misalignment in health care” and “developing
culturally competent physical therapy professionals”
by Laufred I. Hernandez, MPM, MA, Giselle M. Manalo,
MD, MIPH and Maria Eliza Ruiz-Aguila, MPhysio, PTRP,
respectively. Maria Elizabeth M. Grageda, MHPEd,
PTRP facilitated the plenary.
For the second day of the convention, Gayline F. Manalang chaired the first plenary underlining on professionalizing
homecare PT practice. Jeffrey John D. Andrion, PT, MA(CDS), BSc(PT) and Atty. Rodolfo Noel S. Quimbo discussed
“Homecare services and the rights and needs of PWDs in modern society”. “Requisites of an independent physical
therapy practice” was given by Ulysses S. Juntilla, DPT, CertSMT, CCI, PTRP. Royson A. Mercado, PTRP presented
“Homecare PT as an entrepreneur”. Emmanuel Joseph L. Murray, MBA talked about “Homecare physical therapy as a
There were also plenary sessions on “Enhancing PT Practice through Online Educational Resources” by Marian Grace A.
Gabor, PTRP, DMS, “Health Promotion for Non-communicable Diseases in PT Practice” by Ernesto R. Gregorio Jr., RMT,
MPH, and “Physical Therapy Services: Universal Health Care and PhilHealth” by Dr. Ramon P. Paterno, MPH. Skill
workshops were also done which included manual therapy of the lumbosacral and sacroiliac spine, exercise in sports,
muscle taping, bedside physical therapy management, lymphedema, exercise in older persons, updates in pediatric
physical therapy, exercise prescription for specific cardiac conditions and teaching professional behaviors in PT practice.
The convention concluded with closing ceremonies including invitations for PPTA 2011 National Convention in Davao and
PPTA 2012 National Convention hosting the 8th Pan-Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation (PPCR).
Christian Rey D. Rimando, PTRP
WCPT Corner
Gawad Inoturan 2010
ICF Update
Join over 3,500 physical therapists from around the
world at the 16th International WCPT Congress on 2023 June 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands. There is a
strong programme of International Classification of
Functionaing, Disability and Health (ICF) related topics
including a focused symposium, satellite programme
education session and a networking session. In addition
to these components of the programme dedicated to
the ICF, a number of presenters are using the ICF as a
component of their programme or presentation. You
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New officers, directors & 434 new
therapists took oath
The new set of PPTA Board of Directors (BOD) and Board of
Officers (BOO) was inducted last September 19 at the
Manila Hotel along with 434 new PT's and OT's. The
keynote speech was delivered by DSWD Secretary Dinky
Soliman who challenged and spurred PT's and OT's to
serve their country first before looking to go overseas. She
reminded everyone that we have as much need here of
PT's and OT's as foreigners do abroad even though we
have less to offer. A message the new BOD and BOO took
to heart as they start their 2 year term.
Arthur Bhenedict King, PTRP
Awardees of the Gawad Inoturan 2010
First day of the PPTA National Convention was culminated
with 2010 Gawad Inoturan wherein exemplary contributions
of various Filipino physical therapists were recognized.
These awards are given to honor Jose I. Inoturan, who is the
founding president of the Philippine Physical Therapy
Association. Recipients of the said awards are the following:
Fawziah P. Mama and Jocelyn F. Agcaoili, MSPT, MHPEd for
Natatanging Physical Therapist Award; Hon. Bernadette M.
Reyes, MHA, PTRP, RPT for Lingkod PPTA; Mr. Kristofferson
G. Mendoza, PTRP for Natatanging Kasapi ng PPTA;
Advanced Physical Therapy Clinical Training Program and
Implementation of FUNfitness by Physical Therapists in the
Philippines for Natatanging Simulain sa Physical Therapy.
Board of Directors and Officers of the previous term (20082010) were also given recognition for their invaluable
service to the association.
Christian Rey D. Rimando, PTRP
Report on 1st PPTA Strategic Planning
In observance of the 46th Founding Anniversary of the PPTA,
President Gayline Manalang Jr. released an anniversary
message based on the proceedings of the first PPTA
strategic planning session held last November 6 & 7. The
report can be accessed at the official PPTA website
(L-R) Directors: Royson Mercado, Cheryl Peralta, Ma.
Elizabeth Grageda, Napoleon Caballero; Officers: Marian
Gabor, Arthur King, Michael Gabilo, Bhaldomero Ranjo II,
Donald Manlapaz & Gayline Manalang Jr.
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Contributors for Oct-Dec 2010 Issue: Arthur Bhenedict King, Christian Rey Rimando, Ma. Eliza Mangaliman