When we list all the discussions that have been held on the topic of chiropractic education in the Philippines with local universities over the past 15 years it is astounding that nothing has developed to date. Frankly, this is a poor country and unless philanthropical funding is available it is difficult to expect much from attempting the same approaches.
So the question becomes: “How do we attract a benefactor?”
Answer: “Write a master plan for the profession and implement the plan.”
As tragic as it may seem to middle-class westerners the realities of a two class (one without a middle class) has always posed a dilemma when the plan was to make chiropractic accessible to ALL the people. Sorry… wrong plan for the wrong population.
The only successful practices are those that cater to those families that can afford a foreign-trained specialist like a chiropractor. Where are we likely to find these prospective benefactors to support a chiropractic college? Where are the students for the new chiropractic school going to come from? Right!
- Promote unity between all practicing DCs by joining the Association
- Help make the Association functional
- Urge the government to finally start registering chiropractors
- Put forth a Spinal Health / Spinal Hygiene campaign
- Establish criteria for a suitable university candidate – let them compete to be the chosen campus to teach chiropractic
- Bring more highly qualified chiropractors into permanent practices
- Attract school benefactor/donors
- Regular monthly or quarterly Student Orientation sessions – rotate clinic sites promotes closer DC collaboration
- High profile Sports Chiropractic assignments
Chiropractors interested in the Philippines can reference our Philippines Page for contact information.