The following are the five special children
who will receive therapy for four months under TRF Matching
Roy Buhay - Child came from a simple family in Tagaytay.
He is 9 years old and the youngest among the brood of three
from the second marriage of his father. His elder siblings
were unable to pursue further schooling due to financial
limitation. His father works in Elzalde Farms earning meager
amount just enough to sustain their needs.
Per interview, child was sickly when he was still an infant
but condition was noticed when he turned 1. Consequently, he
had physical therapy for 2 months but was stopped because
his parents observed that he got fever every after session.
Therapy session was resumed when he was 8 for 6 months.
This is a case of a 9 year-old child who has cerebral palsy.
He needs therapy (Full Program - PT, OT and Sped) to improve
Catubay Jr. - Child’s family came from Payatas,
Quezon City. Accordingly, life was very difficult back then.
Child is the youngest of six siblings. One of them is
married and living independently. Elder siblings were unable
to pursue further schooling due to financial limitations.
Family head works as a carpenter and earns below minimum
wage. His sister Lisa helps augment income as golf caddy but
still combined earnings could hardly make both ends meet.
Child is 11 year-old and has never been to school ever
since. Aside from his mental retardation, he also has vision
problem on top of his mass located on the forehead.
According to his mother he had previous surgery on the mass
site when he was still an infant but they noticed that the
mass grows each time presently about 3-4 inches in diameter.
This is a case of an 11year-old child who has mental
retardation who did not receive any early intervention during
his early age. His family sustains a hand to mouth existence
and supporting him to schooling and therapy is beyond
family’s afford. Child is recommended for Sped and
Cephira De Ramos - Child is the elder of two siblings.
She is 6 years old and diagnosed with Developmental Delay by
a Developmental Pediatrician. Further, she also underwent
eye surgery at an early age for vision correction. She
entered preparatory school though she cannot communicate yet
verbally. Teachers found her socialization skills
satisfactory but academic skills are way behind her age. Her
mother works as “Barangay Social Worker” while her father
helps augment income as Public Utility Jeepney Driver.
This is a case of a 6 year-old child who was diagnosed of
developmental delay; her family is below average income
earner and could not sustain her tuition fee in full. She
needs to undergo OT/Sped and Speech Therapy per
De Sengaño - Child ranks third among the brood of five
siblings with ages 2, 5, 12 and 14 respectively. They are
all in-school except him and the youngest sibling.
Accordingly, child has Down Syndrome though can communicate
and independent in basic self-care activities such as
bathing, eating and toileting. His father serves as the lone
provider of the family working as construction boy/painter
earning below minimum wage. Mother revealed that the child
never entered formal schooling ever since because his father's
earnings are just enough to sustain daily needs.
This is a case of a 7 year-old child who has Down Syndrome.
He is recommended to undergo Sped and Occupational Therapy
but cost is beyond family’s afford.
Magbiray - Child is 6 years old and ranks second among
the brood of four siblings. She was able to attend
preparatory schooling but accordingly, she was not
recommended to attend the commencement exercises due to
problem in coping with academics and restless behavior (lack
of concentration). Child as narrated by the mother seems
to be suffering from cognitive delay and poor attention
Family head survives the family as a gardener but earnings
could barely make both ends meet given the large family
This is a case of a 6 year-old child who needs therapy and
formal intervention on his possible cognitive delay. Child’s
family could not afford to shoulder school fees as well as
transportation allowance of the child. She is recommended
for Sped and Occupational Therapy.