Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday welcomed a new occupational therapy law and thanked President Duterte for signing it.
“Sa pamamagitan ng batas na ito makakatiyak tayo na tulad ng mga doctor at iba pang health professionals, ang ating mga occupational therapists ay may sapat na kaalaman at kasanayan sa pagtulong sa kanilang mga pasyente,” Go said of “The Philippine Occupational Therapy Law of 2018.”
“Magandang balita po ito sa marami nating kababayan na may dinaranas na problema sa kanilang kalusugan o may kapansanan at nahihirapang gawin kahit na ang mga simpleng gawain ng isang malusog na tao,” he added.
Go said the new law requiring the licensure examination of occupational therapists will ensure that well-trained, professional and world-class occupational therapist will serve people who need their services or those with health conditions or disabilities that make it hard for them to perform normal tasks.
The law also calls for the creation of the Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy to provide for more effective supervision, control, and regulation of the practice of occupational therapy in the country.
In addition, the new law calls for the adoption and promulgation of a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapists and requires a Continuing Professional Development Program for those engaged in the profession.
Further, the law mandates the integration of all occupational therapists in the country into one accredited and integrated professional organization, duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and recognized by the Board of Occupational Therapy and the Professional Regulation Commission.