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Physical Therapy Turnover and Launch

 
After over a year and a half of working tirelessly with the Embassy of Japan thru their Grassroots Grant Program (GGP)Stepping Stone officially opened its Physical Therapy Center at its Sucat  Campus. 
 
With support from the Embassy of Japan and the Aboitiz Foundation,  made possible by Trustee Remedios Romero-Salas,  the facilities were formally turned over during simple ceremonies held on Aug 7, 2018. 
 
The delegation from the Embassy of Japan  was led by Second Secretary and Health Attache,  Dr. Takeo Okada, Third Secretary Economic Section, Mr. Atsushi Kobayashi , Senior Program Officer GGP Ms.Takahashi   Natsuko, and Program Officers  Ms. Juno Cabotan, Mr. Ranel Lombres, and Mr. Arnel Gonzales. 
 
From Stepping StoneChairman & President Mundy Gonzalez, 
Trustees PRID Paing Hechanova, Jean Chavez, Rodrigo Segura, Adviser Fred Parungao and Executive Director Dayal Nandwani were on hand to witness the turnover.
 
Rotary Club of Makati and Makati Rotary Club Foundation, Inc., President Fred Pascual and  Chairman Jun Jun  Dayrit respectively were also present together with Rotary Club of  Makati President-Elect Bimbo Mills and Rotarian Manny Padiernos . 
 
Representatives from Panasonic Philippines Manufacturing Inc.Assistant Director Robert Pacheco and HR  Training Head Mr. Lorenzo Magsingit attended the brief ceremony. 
 
After the playing of the Philippine and Japanese  National Anthems, Chairman Mundy briefly welcomed the delegation and guests. Trustee Rodrigo introduced the delegation from the Embassy of Japan as well as all present. 
 
Dr. Okada delivered his message citing the long friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines.  He welcomed the support given to Stepping Stone to help the needy uplift their lives thru therapy and care. 
 
A tour of the Physical Therapy Facilities followed including the a short tour of the entire school facilities led by Executive Director Dayal Nandwani.
 
Light snacks were served and a short video presentation was done at the boardroom on the second floor. 

Thank You and Good Luck

 

Our Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV), Mr. Jason Bergancia, Master in Speech and Language Pathology has to the end of his eight (8) month tour in the Philippines.

 

Jason joined Stepping Stone as the third PCRV in Speech and Language Pathology, an expertise so lacking in the Philippines. On his arrival in Manila, Jason was introduced and welcomed by Chairman & President Mundy Gonzalez, Trustee Ann Aspinall and Executive Director Dayal Nandwani.

 

After being sworn in by no less than U.S. Ambassador, His Excellency Sung Kim, Jason was whisked off to his new home for two (2) months. This was at the University of Santo Tomas, a longtime partner of Stepping Stone.

Jason’s role was to immerse himself with the upcoming interns to be assigned to Stepping Stone and to share and learn some of the best practices of the field of Speech and Language Pathology. Two months flew so fast that Jason was now brought to Stepping Stone Sucat where Speech & Language Pathology laboratory was to be set up.

 

With only one intern by his side, Jason set up the laboratoty and soon inquiries came in and patients started doing their therapy sessions at Stepping Stone Sucat.

 

Six more months have just flown away with the blink of an eye and now Jason moves on in his career having taken an on-line doctorate course on Speech & Langauge Pathology.

 

Jason has found time to do a Marathon, raising money for much needed SLP materials and connecting Stepping Stone with companies abroad and locally which translated to additional SLP materials and new friends willing to support.

 

Mr. Milo Cruz, Program Head for PCRV’s in the Philippines was around as Stepping Stone awarded a simple plaque of appreciation for his invaluable services. A short lunch followed at the nearby Max’s Restaurant.

 

We will miss you, Jason. We hope you come back and share your expertise armed with a doctorate degree in Speech & Language Pathology.

 

BonVoyage!

 

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