Thirty years ago, a group of physical therapists and physicians assembled
to push for the passage of a bill that would regulate the practice of physical
and occupational therapy in the Philippines.
Their efforts were rewarded
when on June 21, 1969, the bill drafted by Congressman Jose Aldeguer of
Iloilo was passed into law – Republic Act No. 5680. Entitled the “Physical
and Occupational Therapy Law” it provided for the creation of a Board of
Physical and Occupational Therapy, a five-person body composed of a chair
and four members, two of them physical therapists and another two occupational
The first Board was constituted on October 3, 1972 with Dr. Jesus Mendoza
(the first registrant) as Chairman and Mr. Henry Pit-Og, Mrs. Josefina C.
Rabino, Mrs. Conchita Abad, and Mrs. Fe Isaac-Saño as Members. The Board
promulgated the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Physical and
Occupational Therapy Law which was subsequently approved on November
2, 1972. The Board conducted the first licensure examinations for eighteen
occupational therapists and twenty-six physical therapists on July 23, 1973.
It implemented partial computerization of licensure examinations in 1994
and full computerization a year after.
In 1994, the PRC and the boards of the various health professions, including
the Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy, signed an agreement
with the Department of Education on the rules of school inspection.
With the agreement, the Board intensified its campaign to vigorously inspect
schools offering PT-OT programs. In 1995, the Board participated in the Consultative
Conference to draft the Standards of PT-OT Education which were
embodied in CHED Memorandum Order No. 7, series of 1998. The Board
also worked in close coordination with the Department of Health on the
program of accreditation of affiliation centers in the training of PT and OT
students and in the review of disability programs.
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