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Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


What is an SIG? | Vision | Objectives | Groups | Organization |Membership | Elections | Activities | Finance



What is an SIG?


A special interest group (SIG) is a group of occupational therapist, physical therapist, and/or speech pathologist, all members of their respective professional organization, sharing common interest and/or expertise in a specific area of professional practice.



Vision top


It is envisioned that the establishment of SIG would be the seed of the accreditation/certification process to be undertaken by the Philippine Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) in the future, to recognize specialists in specific field of practice of physical therapy.  



Objectives top


General Objectives


To encourage professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills by providing a venue where they can share with and learn from other professionals regarding their field of interest.


Specific Objectives

  • To maximize inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches in the practice of each profession

  • To provide a venue for professionals to exchange ideas on various evaluation and treatment techniques within their profession and with other disciplines

  • To participate in the formulation of policies related to their field of specialization.  

  • To establish a pool of resources for and of specialists through linkages and networking


Groups top

  • Academicians

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Clinical Education

  • Community-Based Rehabilitation

  • Geriatrics

  • Hand Rehabilitation

  • Industrial Rehabilitation

  • Musculoskeletal (February 2000)

  • Neurological

  • Pediatrics (September 2000)

  • Pulmonary

  • Sports

  • Others, as suggested  


Organization top


The Philippine Physical Therapy Association may actively seek individuals who are capable of organizing a particular special interest group. Interested individuals may also organize an SIG but have to be accredited by the head of the Continuing Education (CE) Committee prior to doing so.  The organizer of the group does not automatically become the head of the SIG.

The special interest group shall be composed of a head, a secretary and at least 13 members coming from different institutions.  The SIG head, elected among the members (see section on Election), shall have the following responsibilities:

  • head the planning, coordination and execution of the activities of the  SIG

  • act as a liaison officer between the SIG members and the PPTA Board of Directors and Officers through the head of the Continuing Education committee.

  • act as a liaison officer between the SIG members and the non-members

  • keep the money as disbursed by the treasurer of the Association for the group  

The secretary, appointed by the head among the members, shall have the following responsibilities:

1.       record and document all the meetings and the activities of the SIG

2.       disseminate information regarding the SIG and its activities to its members

3.       keep and update the list of members

4.       serve as auditor of the group


The SIG Head will serve tenure of one year. The Head may seek a re-election the following year and may only hold the position for two consecutive years. In case the SIG Head fails to complete his/her term, the PPTA CE Committee Head will appoint an OIC who will act as head till the end of the year/next election.


Working committees within the group shall be informed in a per project basis.

Each SIG shall draft its own objectives, congruent to the objectives set by the professional organization for special interest groups. The SIG shall draw up activities, for approval by the PPTA Board of Directors and Officers. Should the PPTA come up with a suggested activity for a specific SIG, they shall be informed accordingly through the head of the Continuing Education committee and the SIG head.


When the members of the Occupational Therapy Association of the Philippines (OTAP) and the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) are ready to join the special interest group organized by the PPTA or initiate an SIG open to physical therapists, the professional members shall be answerable to his/her respective professional association.



Membership top


Membership in an SIG is voluntary and is not mutually exclusive. Therefore a PPTA member may choose to become a member of more than one group. However, since SIG is a group of experts or soon-to-be experts, it is advisable for a member to be recognized in just one field of expertise.


Only members of the professional organization may become members of any of the special interest groups.  Interested individuals may signify their intentions to the head of the group they wish to participate in.


Non-PPTA members may attend SIG activities but they have to become PPTA members within one month for them to be allowed to continue with their participation.  Moreover, members of the SIG who failed to attend three consecutive meetings without any valid reason will be considered an inactive member. In such a case, the inactive member will not be informed nor invited to any group activity or meeting. Active membership status will be regained provided that the member attends a meeting.



Elections top


The Committee on Elections (COMELEC) is composed of the head and two members duly appointed by the Continuing Education Committee head among the members of a particular special interest group. They all must be members of the Philippines Physical Therapy Association (PPTA). The COMELEC is in charge of activities relating to the election of the head of an SIG.  These activities will address the nominations and screening of nominees, the registration of voters and election proper.  


The nominee for the SIG head must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A duly licensed and registered physical therapist;

  • A member of the PPTA

  • Currently practicing in the special field of interest;

  • Has at least one-year PT related work experience, either in the academe or in the clinics, but not necessarily focused on the field of interest; and

  • A member of the SIG who has actively participated in activities of the group through involvement in committee work.

 SIG The nominator must be a member of the PPTA and of the SIG. Members of the COMELEC and the Head of the PPTA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) are not allowed to nominate or be a nominee.


The COMELEC will decide as to when the nominations will be formally opened, preferably during an activity of the SIG. Requirements for nomination will include a duly accomplished nomination form and other supporting documents (e.g. photocopy of the nominee’s professional license and PPTA membership card, and of the nominator’s PPTA membership card). Nominations shall be passed to and received by the Head of the PPTA CE Committee and the two COMELEC members.  Deadline for submission of nomination is set at 5:00 p.m., 10 working days prior to elections. Screening of nominees will be conducted by the three-member COMELEC.  Nominees may be disqualified from seeking office based on the eligibility requirements. All nominees will be informed of the decision of the COMELEC by the 5th working day prior to elections.  The decision of the committee shall be final.  Qualified nominees will be requested to be present during the elections for the formal presentation of nominees.  Any nominee who will be absent during the election must give prior notice and a valid reason either personally or through the nominator to the COMELEC. The COMELEC will try to send a copy of the list of qualified nominees to members of the SIG prior to elections.

Failure of nominations is declared in the event that no nomination is received by the set deadline or in the event that no nominee met the eligibility requirements. In case there is a failure of nominations, the COMELEC may, in its discretion, allow oral nominations on the actual election date, provided that the eligibility requirements are met. In the event that there is only one nominee, a confidence vote (2/3 of the votes cast) in favor of the said nominee is required for the declaration.  


The COMELEC will also decide the date of the actual elections. Only members of the SIG who are PPTA members would be allowed to vote. Members of the COMELEC are not allowed to vote. The election is to be conducted by secret ballot.


Opening and canvassing of votes will commence after all votes have been cast. Valid votes shall be those fall within the following conditions: correct spelling of the full name of the nominee; correct spelling of just the first name or surname of the nominee provided that no other nominee has the same first or last name; and incorrect spelling of full, first of last name provided that the name written on the ballot has a strong resemblance in pronunciation of the actual name of the nominee, and that provided it agrees with the preceding item. Combination of names of different nominees; and incorrect spelling of full, first or last name of nominee that does not have strong resemblance in pronunciation to actual name of nominee shall be considered invalid votes.


The nominees garnering the most number of votes shall be declared the SIG Head.



Activities top


In view of the cited definition and objectives, the activities of the SIG may include the following:

  • Creation of a list of specialists on a particular field of physical therapy based on the members of the SIG

  • Hold continuing professional education activities for SIG members and other professionals including non-SIG members (e.g. round table discussions, case conferences, seminars workshops, journal clubs, post-graduate courses)

  • Provision of physical therapy services to the general public in coordination with the Special Projects Committee (e.g. information campaign, free clinic)

  • Conduct research related to the particular field of interest

  • Hold fund-raising activities in coordination with the Ways and Means Committee

It is encouraged that each group would come up with more creative and effective activities in line with their objectives.  In instances when an activity necessitates coordinating with committees other than Continuing Education, the CE committee shall serve as the conduit of communication between the parties involved.



Finance top


The SIG functions like a committee of the PPTA therefore the Treasurer of the association will still hold its money. The money will be disbursed to the SIG head as necessary and a financial report must be submitted accordingly. Initially, PhP 5,000 will be given by the Association to the SIG for its activities, after which, they must finance their activities independently. It is expected that the SIG would be self-sustaining after a reasonable amount of time of operation. Should they need more than the stipulated amount, the Treasurer may “lend” money as approved by the board, which the SIG must repay. Net profit generated by the SIG shall be divided as follows: 25% to the PPTA and 75% to the SIG.


As more SIGs are created, an assistant treasurer of the Association will be appointed when the need arises.





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