TOAPFI Historical Background
The One ALGON Place Foundation, Inc. (TOAPFI) was founded in early part of year 2004 by world famous steel trader Rudin A. Gonzales; Jr., his wife Annie, and their three children as part of his long cherished aspiration to help people especially the suffering drug dependents, alcoholics and codependents. Imbued with a sense of mission, this goodhearted man has always pondered of taking part in contributing to the welfare of Filipino compatriots. To his credit he has received various awards for his dedicated and exemplary service to humanity.
The TOAPFI Board consulted a pool of trained and experienced rehabilitation experts and, in line with their recommendations, it trained a pool of potentially competent and highly qualified rehabilitation workers to be the nucleus of the team to run the centre in order to achieve maximum success.
The word ALGON is taken from the middle name and surname of the foundation’s Chairman, Almendral and Gonzales, respectively. This was the name given to the small fishpond owned by the Gonzales family which later became a one-hectare relaxing and tranquil resort developed since more than a decade ago.
This enterprise was later converted into what is now known as The One Algon Place Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre. On July 5, 2004 the centre was granted an accreditation by the Philippines’ regulatory body, the Department of Health (DOH). This milestone has earned for The One Algon Place recognition as the First in Luzon licensed and accredited by the DOH.
The facility was inaugurated on September 18, 2004 with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Edgar B. Aglipay as guest of Honour and Speaker, who was sent by the Malacañang Palace to represent no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The occasion was attended by various dignitaries from different sectors notably Congresswoman Uliran Joaquin of Laguna 1st District and Vice-Governor Edwin Olivarez.
First, one patient and then another came for admission. Eventually, The One Algon Place got more inpatients.
On August 4, 2012 as part of the Promise of our Chairman, Rudin A. Gonzales Jr to Dr. Baltazar V. Reyes to name the TAOH Building under BVR’s name. But Dr. BVR only had one wish; it was to name the TAOH building only and until BVR passes away first. The Baltazar V. Reyes Building was unveiled by no less the the Vice President Jejomar Binay, Family of the Late Dr. BVR, Asst. Sec. Ted Herbosa of DOH, Pschiatrists Friends, Representatives of Sen. Edgardo Angara ,local politicians around Laguna and Relatives and Friends of the Gonzales Family.
Now The Academy of Hope embodies a new beginning for the many Filipinos with mental illness. It was an offshoot of The One Algon Foundation Inc.
The Academy is a training facility geared towards the restoration of an individual’s total health, the development of his skills and the realization of his full potential. It provides a home-like atmosphere and offers dormitories and private rooms’ accommodations and out patient services.
This is the beginning of a dream that came into a reality.
To provide a world class service that helps individuals specially the indigent with appropriate financial support achieve a self-worth and meaning to their families, community, country and God.
A dynamic professional Filipino program team that can help improve the lives and hearts of any individual specially the indigents, family and community with spiritual values aiming for a better life.