Posts Tagged ‘Mona Magno-Veluz’


The Autism Advantage Employer Fora

March 31, 2016

The Autism Society Philippines is one with the world in celebrating World Autism Awareness Month this April.  The United Nations promotes the rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and affirms this by calling for genuine disability-inclusive development — including increased opportunities for PWA employment.  The Philippines heeded this call to action with Republic Act Number 10524, dated 23 July 2012, stating that at least one percent (1%) of all positions in all government agencies, offices or corporations and private corporations with more than one hundred employees should be occupied by persons with disability.

The Autism Society Philippines, National Council on Disability Affairs, Meralco One, MIESCOR and the ASEAN Autism Network invite CEOs, COOs, CHROs and HR practitioners to The Autism Advantage Employer Fora. This event aims to explore best practices and to share initiatives by government and private organizations, which have achieved success in the assimilating individuals with autism into their workforce.  Resource speakers will share their learnings in the areas of recruitment, performance management, off-boarding, retention, among others.  Transition support institutions will also share their experience on how to best introduce neuro-diversity in organizations.

REGISTRATION begins at 8 a.m.; the event at 9 a.m. VENUE: Meralco Mini-Theater, Basement, Technical Services Building, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

Hear from ASP, AAN, NCDA, BIR, Microsoft, Towers Watson, Gourmet Gypsy, ILLC, and other inclusion advocates on how to employ workers on the spectrum.  Topics will include employment as a human and legal right, employer experiences from the technology industry and the social enterprise, the impact of employment in the life of a person with autism, the government incentives for hiring persons with disabilities and how you can begin to integrate persons with autism in the workplace.

Please consider sending HR leaders, recruiters and specialists in your spheres of influence to attend this event. They may sign up for the event on-line at

Looking forward to building an Autism-OK Philippines with you!  For inquiries, contact Cenin Faderagao, ASP Program Manager through +632-413-1942 or

[This is an invitation from Autism Society Philippines [ASP]  National President Mona Magno-Veluz]



Autism Advocates Make Their Mark in Recent National and International Awards

October 16, 2015

[This is a repost dated October 1, 2015 from Autism Society Philippines website.]

Autism is an “invisible disability” which is slowly coming to the fore, as advocates continue their active participation in the civil society community. This is apparent in how visible our humble community has been recognized for their involvement and contribution to the cause.

Apolinario Mabini Presidential Awards 2015

The Apolinario Mabini Presidential Awards 2015 were given at the Heroes Hall of Malacanan Palace on 29 September 2015. The ASP contingent was led by ASP Chair Emeritus Dang Koe, National President Mona Magno-Veluz and National Trustees Jan Pena, Grace Adviento, Gina Bermudo and Helen Cheng.

w team ASP

[L-R]: Grace Adviento, Helen Cheng, MM, Mona Veluz, Gina Bermudo, Dang Koe, Jan Peña

The ASP, two years after our win as the Most Outstanding PWD Organization at the Gawad Gat Apolinario Mabini, was part of this year’s screening committee. Jan Pena, ASP’s immediate past president, served on the committee that helped refine the selection of candidates, before they were forwarded to the panel of judges.


Mirana Medina, the compassionate heart and creative mind behind “Alyana” (a documentary on her grandniece with autism), won the Gawad Gat Apolinario Mabini Media Advocate of the Year honors for her work on a film on deaf. On the same day, Mirana also bagged the second place honors for the under 60-minute category at the We Care Film Festival in India, for her documentary on Down Syndrome.

Unilab Foundation bagged a special award as a PWD Employer, for its work on Project Inclusion and for inspiring hiring of PWAs, such as Vico Cham. Incidentally, Vico, a gifted young artist on the spectrum, also received a special award as a PWD Advocate.

The City of Dasmarinas won the PWD-Friendly LGU honors; while the municipality of Carmona claimed a special award as a PWD-Friendly LGU — after having taken home the Apo Award multiple times in the past.

Jollibee Family Values Awards 2015

The Pena Family — Daddy Al, Mommy Jan, Kids Thea, Muneer and Milli — of ASP Dasmarinas, after weeks of screening, deliberations and interviews, were among the top recipients of the Jollibee Family Values Awards last 24 September 2015 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Jan Pena and her family, who have fueled the growth of autism advocacy in Cavite, were among the six Filipino families selected by an esteemed panel of judges, composed of Senator Bam Aquino, Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Congresswoman Leni Robredo, Professor Winnie Monsod, Ms. Boots Anson-Rodrigo, Ms. Audrey Tan-Zubiri, News Anchor Edric Mendoza and Ms. Ma. Isabel Dionisio.

[Click the link above to read the full article].


JR Tan’s Open Letters in Reaction to Sen. Miriam Santiago’s Statement

July 30, 2012

I was first introduced to JR, son of an unassuming lady, very kind, low profile and loving Mom, Tiffany Tan in 2006 when ALYANA was first previewed; that was before the film premiere held at the UP Film Center in July of the same year.  But though he appeared in the segment on ASP Family Day in ALYANA, I did not know who he was. When I shot the activity months before the film preview, I knew very few people and members of the Autism Society Philippines. In fact, I wasn’t even a member of the society.

JR amazingly remembered me from then on, even though we rarely meet. Anyway, I just came across an article posted last July 23 by Ms. Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National Secretary about the open letters JR wrote to ASP. She writes:

“The actions of Senator Mirian Defensor Santiago resonated strongly with JR Tan, a graduating college student, taking up BS Accountancy, with minor in Biblical Studies. As an individual on the autism spectrum, he is passionate about autism rights and is one of the first self-advocate members of ASP. JR sent the Autism Society Philippines two open letters in reaction to the senator’s angered statement to her detractors, calling them “mongoloids”, last week.

To read JR letters and the complete article written by Ms. Mona, please click: strike-two-reflections-on-senator.html