By The PABA Board
Philippine ABA for the year 2021 was still restricted in pursuing all its activities and programs due to the Philippines strict Community Enhanced Quarantine rule due to COVID-19 pandemic that placed the whole country under strict lockdown throughout the year 2021. Activities were limited to essential needs and majority of the population were restricted to work from their homes throughout the year.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected a lot of ABA practitioners in the country. Not everyone could shift to an on-line practice due to limited technical support and accessibility. PABA through its Affiliate members offered assistance to ABA practitioners interested in doing online practice. It extended limited online requests for ABA lectures and observations to medical facilities interested in ABA for their staff and associates.
Likewise, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, PABA was limited in pursuing its fund-raising campaign as well as the implementation of an ABA course of its pilot project with a local university. However, collaboration of a more comprehensive program with the assistance from a group Filipino American ABA practitioner in the USA is ongoing. These Filipino American ABA practitioners initiated a training program giving assistance to more local ABA practitioners a more affordable course to undertake. Local ABA practitioners who have limited financial capabilities will be able to access similar or equal training offered from different facilities outside of the Philippines.
Fortunately, PABA and some medical facilities were able to continue its ABA awareness collaboration program. More Medical professionals were encouraged to include PABA’s awareness program under their COVID-19 Quarantine Health and Wellness Program. PABA successfully assisted participants in guiding their family clients in continuing their ABA programs off site.
PABA will be able to implement other activities and programs for 2021 once the country will start to ease its quarantine rules and allowing nonessential requirements to the greater population of the country in 2022.