The College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) hosted the National Conference 2017 of the Philippine Association of Rehabilitation Sciences Schools (PARSS) from July 7 to 8, 2017 at the AMV Multi-Purpose Hall, with the theme, “Beyond 2018: Planning for Compliance with New CHED Policies, Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation Science Programs.” The conference had about 130 participants from 50 higher education institutions that offer academic programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and orthotics-prosthetics from all over the country.

This 3rd National Conference of PARSS is part of the association’s continuing efforts to prepare rehabilitation science schools for higher education reforms dictated by changes in national and global standards, such as the implementation of an outcomes-based and typology-based quality assurance system (CMO 46, series of 2012) by 2014, the reality of an ASEAN Community by 2015, the institution of 12 years of basic education in the country, and the adoption of internationally recognized quality frameworks and mutual recognition agreements (MRAs).

Chairs and members of the Technical Committees for PT, OT and SLP were invited as speakers and facilitators for this conference in order for them to provide an opportunity for a more in-depth discussion of the provisions in the new CMOs for each of the rehabilitation science programs. This was intended to enable school administrators and faculty members to conduct a self-assessment of their institution’s level of compliance with the new PSGs and develop a plan of action to comply within the transition period.

Former CRS Dean and now UST Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Cheryl R. Peralta, DrPH, was the president of the PARSS from 2013-2017. UST now sits as Ex-Officio of the PARSS through CRS Acting Dean Assoc. Prof. Anne Marie C. Aseron, MSPT.