The CRS team has recently declared that they are seriously in love with children! For indeed, who can resist the charm and joy that a child exudes?
For the community outreach team of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, this was proven once more when they launched the second off-campus Early Childhood Intervention Outreach Facility at the Imus Pilot Elementary School on July 1.
Led by former Dean and current Pediatric Satellite Clinical Preceptor Dr. Ma. Cecilia D. Licuan, the CRS team partnered with the City Government of Imus to set up the facility which will serve as a satellite clinic for children with disabilities where students and the clinical faculty of CRS will hold their clinical rotation.
The facility will offer rehabilitation and education services to the pupils of the public elementary school who have special needs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Indigent members of the community can also bring their children to the clinic so that they can avail of services they need according to their condition. The facility will also be manned by special education (SpEd) teachers.
Dr. Lerma Pena, principal of Imus Pilot Elementary School, expressed her gratitude to the DLSHSI team for she considers the facility a “fulfilment of the parent’s dreams for their children.”
According to Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi, there are about 2,000 children with disabilities in the City of Imus, and that with the DLSHSI facility, “their parents are now realizing that they can do something concrete for their children and with the help of this Early Intervention Outreach Facility, they can now face the special world with special learnings.” He also expressed his gratitude to DLSHSI for reaching out to children with disabilities and for being motivated to help people in need, “not only to teach them but to give children with disabilities a wonderful life.”
During the launch, Dr. Licuan also shared their plans to open more facilities in other cities in Cavite and even as far as Cebu and Davao. “We have already invited our partners from Ratchasuda Mahidol in Thailand to participate in this project.” Ratchasuda Mahidol is a renowned education facility in Thailand that is devoted to the development and rehabilitation of people with disabilities with whom DLSHSI has an active partnership for academic and community outreach linkages.
“We want to let the people of Imus know that every child has the right to study, to be an inspiration to other parents who just keep their kids at home so that they will have confidence to bring their children out to access the free service here,” said Dr. Licuan. The same thing happened after CRS opened the first facility at a public elementary school in the City of Dasmariñas. After a few weeks from its opening, more parents came to the facility seeking help for their children with disabilities. So far, 140 school children have been screened at the Imus facility.