Philippines: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Philippine Physical Therapy Association and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2019

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Professional name
Official names:
  • Physical Therapist  (Protected by law)
  • Physical Therapist, Registered, Philippines (PTRP)  (Protected by law)
  • Pisikal Terapist or Pisikal Terapi  (Not protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
5,327
Female%
65%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by an independent organisation
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
14,610    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
60%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Philippines
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Educators in physical therapy
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
94
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
5
 
Entry level programmes
  • Bachelors degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 2011 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
  • Masters degree
  • PhD
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Philippines
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Professionals obtain license by examination of the Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Professional Regulation Commission http://www.prc.gov.ph/prb/?id=37&content=215 The PPTA has Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for its members. http://www.philpta.org/?page_id=56
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2018