The 7th APCDF Annual Assembly was held in Manila on January 10th , 2014, at the Diamond Hotel, Roxas Blvd. Manila. The weekend events included the APCDF Council meeting and Assembly with representatives from throughout the Asian Pacific region. Special guest was Dr. Richard Brown, Secretary-General of the European Chiropractic Union who outlined the successful history of the European Federation and how vitally important the regional federations are to the development of chiropractic in areas where the profession is small in size, as in Asia.
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The Chiropractic Patients Federation Asia, Philippine Chapter was launched during the evening functions and the first Community Service Awards was held by the federation to recognize media people who had favorably highlighted chiropractic. Recipients were GMA TV5 Feature reporter Jessica Soho and PTV 4, Reporter Jackie Say. The former award recognized Ms. Soho’s team for representing chiropractic as a learned profession offering a non-surgical alternative to neck surgery for degenerative discogenic cervical spondylosis ; and Ms. Say for representing chiropractic as a non-drug alternative for headaches.
The Chiropractic Patients Federation Asia will grow its membership from all the supportive chiropractic clinics and its advocacy focus will be on public health and public relations, lobbying support for the passing of a Chiropractic Act that will define and regulate the chiropractic profession in the Philippines, and other support programs for the chiropractors caring for the Filipinos, such as chiropractic missions for the poor and recruitment of chiropractic students for a future Manila chiropractic college.
Historically, the Philippines took 27 years to finally form a professional association after the first Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) set up a permanent chiropractic clinic in Manila, Dr. Jameson Uy in 1986. For the first decade there were around a dozen Chiropractors who came to practice in the Philippines of which just a few remained:
Dr. Uy. Dr. R. Mitchell, Dr. W. Brush, Dr. M. Camara and Dr. B. Adorable. The next decade saw the doubling of the total clinics from 5 to 10. When I opened my chiropractic clinic in 2006 in SM Bacoor I was the 10th DC in the country; preceded by Dr. J. Pardis, Dr. S. Pizarro, Dr. J. Tan and Dr. H. Motley plus the first 5 still in practice.
Since 1988 the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) has held a seat for the small presence of chiropractors in the Philippines. January 2014 we find 25 chiropractors in permanent practice mostly in the major urban centers of Manila, Cebu and Davao where less than half are Filipino citizens and the others are foreigners with Filipino families. In 2012 the Asian Pacific Federation of Chiropractic Doctors (APCDF) was established to develop the profession in the region, including the Philippines. The Philippines has held a council seat since its inception and I am a current officer. In 2013 came the formation of the Association of Professional Chiropractors of the Philippines.
Yours in Public Health,