The Community Based Rehabilitation Programme of the University of the Philippines Manila, College of Allied Medical Professions

Ma. Lucia Mirasol Magallona, Jeffrey Pe-Benito Datangel


Purpose: This paper reports the process of development of a CBR programme by UP Manila College of Allied Medical Professions, and its impact on the stakeholders: persons with disabilities, students and alumni, CBR workers, local leaders and the agencies involved in the programme.

Method: The impact of the programme was assessed through interviews, questionnaires, focus group discussions and review of secondary data and records.

Results: The programme results show that the condition of persons with disabilities has improved and there has been a remarkable change in their knowledge, attitudes and skills. The positive attitudes, skills and values of students were enhanced, and the CBR programme was a “character builder” for them as rehabilitation professionals. The CBR workers who participated in the programme learnt to appreciate the potential of persons with disabilities and to accept their limitations. Another key result was the pledge by local leaders to sustain CBR in their own villages.

Conclusions: The students and alumni reported that the CBR programme should be replicated for nation-building. The different stakeholders reported that it helped improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and contributed to community development.

DOI: 10.5463/dcid.v22i3.110


Community based rehabilitation (CBR); Transdisciplinary approach (TDA); CBR workers

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