papo-logo-2What is PAPO?

  • Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO)
  • Registered with SEC on October 27, 2011
  • Coalition of patient organizations advocating for universal access to health care and allied services for Filipino patients, including persons with disabilities (PWDs).



The Consumer-based Health Care Advocacy Project in the Philippines was the spark that ignited the creation of PAPO. Implemented from 2002 to 2007 by The Asia Foundation (TAF) with support from the Pfizer Foundation, the project enabled many patient groups and health NGOs to:

  • Strengthen their organizational and fundraising capabilities;
  • Influence health policymaking through engagement with local- and national-level government representatives; and
  • Build their institutional capacity in volunteer management

In 2009, several patient groups held a roundtable discussion on “Improving Patient-Centered Health Care in the Philippines” and reached the consensus about the need to form a coalition of patient groups. Thus, the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations was born. The PAPO founding member-groups are Cerebral Palsied Association of the Philippines (CPAP), I Can Serve, Link Center for the Deaf, Philippine Children’s Association of Learning Disability (PCALD), and Kythe Foundation, Inc.



A unifying body with one voice that supports and strengthens patients’ organizations.



To serve as a strong and active network of patient groups that will empower Filipino patients to advocate for their rights and become productive members of society.



  • To actively participate in policymaking decisions concerning patient rights;
  • To safeguard the strict implementation of laws and policies affecting patient needs;
  • To create a registry and database of patients and patient organizations;
  • To provide a venue for information dissemination and education on patient rights;
  • To partner with local and international stakeholders in promoting patient rights;
  • To serve as a clearinghouse of information and alerts on patient issues and concerns;
  • To serve as a forum for discussion of issues, concerns, laws, and policies concerning patients and patient organizations;
  • To help patients access information on and utilize PhilHealth services;
  • To help patients and PWDs avail of relevant discounts and health services;
  • To provide training on resource mobilization and fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer management;
  • To provide psychosocial services training to patient organizations, particularly on coping and living with illnesses and disability;
  • To liaise with the Department of Health, Local Government Units, and relevant government agencies, Senate and House representatives, pharmaceutical companies, and the International Alliance of Patient Organizations (IAPO).


PAPO Officers

Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo

Karen Alparce-Villanueva

Engr. Emer Rojas

Cynthia Magdaraog

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala
Chris Munoz
Winnie Samonte