The University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. (UERMMMCI) recently inaugurated the Philippine School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (PSPO) at its campus in Quezon City. PSPO is housed in the newly-constructed Tan Yan Kee Building which was designed for easier access and mobility for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). Ramps, special elevators, extra wide door frames and accessible restrooms are incorporated in the overall layout of the four-storey building to ensure convenience and efficiency for staff, patients, and students. Classrooms for specific expertise in the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics, such as Assessment, Casting, Workshop, and Rectification are also strategically located in the building.
Leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony was guest of honor Viel Aquino-Dee for President Benigno S. Aquino III, Tan Yan Kee Trustee Shirley Tan Chua, UERMMMCI President Dr. Romeo Divinagracia, and UERMMMCI CAReS Dean Dr. Raquel Cabazor. Also present were UERMMMCI Vice Chairman and TYKFI Project Director Mr. Wilson Young, Dr. Carson Harte, CEO Cambodia Trust and Mr. Shuinchi Ohno, Executive Director Nippon Foundation.
PSPO is part of an international network with Cambodia Trust and Nippon Foundation as partners. The main goal of both institutions is to empower PWDs in every aspect of their lives. They are focussed on poor, unemployed PWDs especially those who have no means or access to mobility devices.
PSPO is under UERMMMCI College of Allied Rehabilitation Sciences (CAReS) offers Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics with a curriculum based on and recognized by the World Health Organization guidelines and the International Society of Prothetics and Orthotics (ISPO) standards.