Asst. Prof. Karen Sagun-Ongtangco, MSOT and Mr. Charles Bermejo, MSOT of the Department of Occupational Therapy presented in the 3rd International Conference on Service Learning last January 10-12, 2019 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Sagun-Ongtangco presented “Disability-Inclusive Education through Action Research: Experience of University Partnership with Save the Children”, where she elaborated how the partnership with Save the Children, a Non-Government Organization, was successful through the action researches conducted from 2015 up to the present.

This was followed by a second topic, which she co-presented with Bermejo, on the partnership of the College of Rehabilitation Sciences with UST’s mandatory Service Learning course, National Service Training Program. In the second presentation entitled, “Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management: Advocacy to Transformative Action in Service Learning”, the research-based process of revising the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management module of NSTP was tackled. In both presentations, experiential learning, academic study and reflections were highlighted in the process of providing service to the communities through participatory action researches.

The conference was attended by 186 delegates from 26 countries. With diverse topics on service learning involving a wide array of disciplines, both faculty members from the Occupational Therapy Department, took the opportunity to advocate for disability-inclusion in this international conference.