The Ophthalmological Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (OFPI) was registered with the SEC as a non-stock, non-profit corporation on March 21, 1989, primarily to establish and promote programs for the improvement, upgrade and modernization of ophthalmological facilities thru direct service to patients and training of physicians. It was organized by a group of ophthalmologists under the leadership of Dr. Felipe Tolentino, whose main desire is to save the sight of patients especially the economically deprived individuals. Its main office is located at # 35 Blumentritt St. Bgy. Pedro Cruz, San Juan Metro Manila. It is manned by 14 regular staff and 12 volunteers who are mostly Ophtha specialists and doctors and fellows on training. Ms. Fe Flamiano, its Executive Director offers her services to the Foundation on a pro bonno basis. There are 13 BOT officers and members. Ambassador Jose E.B. Antonio acts as the Board Chairman while Dr. Felipe L. Antonio who is based in the USA is their President.
It was certified for 5 years on March 17, 2006 and which ended on March 16, 2011. On December 26, 2012, it was granted a 3-year certification which lapsed on December 07, 2015.
Its purposes, among others, are “to provide modern and well-equipped eye care and surgical facilities for our less fortunate patients suffering from different eye ailments.”
The Foundation operates two Eye Centers – in San Juan City Metro Manila and in Banac, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao. The flagship projects of these Centers are directed towards the following:
1. Promotion of the World Health Organization’s “Vision 2020” by providing affordable and accessible eye care services to the underserved patients /inhabitants of the far flung Regions of the country. It extends free eye check-up/screening, and socialized co-pay for surgical/treatment of patients which include minor procedures, cataract, glaucoma and retina surgeries.
2. Early detection and prevention of common eye conditions by providing Basic Screening Training Program (VSTP) to nursing students, barangay/community health workers, public school teachers and rural health workers.
3. Provision of training to fellows in the diagnosis and management of eye conditions and their implications on visual functioning.
4. Expansion of researches, ophthalmic technology and facilities on clinical eye care in partnership with government and non-government institutions.