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.