Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)


This is Simon's banner program; adopted as the most practical and feasible approach to reach out to more people with disabilities. Working together with Local Government Units (LGUs) and Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) of Albay and Camarines Sur, we provide training, resources and ongoing support to these communities.

What is CBR?

CBR is defined as follows:

"Community-based rehabilitation is a strategy for rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and social inclusion of people with disabilities" (WHO-ILO-UNESCO, 2005).

What is Simon's approach?

Although services extend to all ages, Simon of Cyrene concentrates on children and youth (0-25 years). The components and strategies below focus on people with orthopaedic, visual, hearing and developmental (mental) impairments:


SCCRDFI acts against factors that may cause an impairment of any person by:

  • Early detection/identification of people with disability
  • Extending Primary Health Care Services
  • Improving levels of hygiene and nutrition
  • Serving referrals for immunization


  • Interventions through physical, educational and vocational evaluation, and following-up throughout the rehabilitation process.
  • Counselling of the person with disability and his/her family.

C. INCLUSION & RIGHTS: Education, livelihood, social & political participation

  • Supporting self-advocacy groups
  • Prevention of isolation and segregation due to disabilities
  • Encouraging family and public education and attitude change
  • Mobilizing in support of the needs of PWDs
  • Undertaking public awareness education campaigns

CBR Partners

Simon of Cyrene's work throughout the past 33 years (1982-2015) could not have been possible without the partnerships with, and support of, local government units (LGUs) and Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) in the provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur. The foundation works to empower and strengthen the DPOs to be competitive, prepared to face the challenges they will meet as they advocate for the rights of PWDs.

Presently, we conduct regular trainings and work closely with LGUs, DPOs and volunteer field volunteers in the following areas:


Daraga, Santo Domingo, Malinao, Tabaco City, Ligao City, Legazpi City, Libon, Guinobatan, Camalig, Tiwi

Camarines Sur

Pili, Ocampo, Iriga City, Sag˝ay, Tigaon, Baao

Community Volunteers The work of the staff is complemented by Community Based Rehabilitation Volunteers who are trained to identify persons with disabilities in their communities, mobilize community resources and refer the needs of persons with disabilities to appropriate agencies for services which cannot be met at the community level.

Volunteer students help in the socialization, recreational activities, peer counseling and other social services. Physical/Occupational therapists also volunteer their services at the Galilee Rehabilitation Center.

Programs and Services