Message From The President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the President of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology for the fiscal year 2015-2016. I am even more humbled to serve in this capacity with a committed and well-respected team of officers and board of directors. Please find some time to explore our website. We hope to provide regular updates on new developments, upcoming key events, and current activities of the organization in this page.

We welcome and appreciate your feedback as well. I look forward to working with you soon!

Respectfully,

Dina C. Gonzales, M.D.


President's Report 2015

Annual Report of the Activities of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology.

The mission and vision of the society remains as the guiding statement for the officers and board of directors in the development of the activities.

The activities and projects were drafted in line with their duties and responsibilities based on the constitution.

The relevance and significance of each undertaken activity were defined to give service to the members and the community.

It was our hope that these activities would contribute to the greater achievements of PSG.

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2015-2016
PSG Officers and
Board of Directors

Dina C. Gonzales, M.D.
President

Frederick T. Dy, M.D.
1st Vice President

Judith D. Gapasin-Tongco, M.D.
2nd Vice President

Leticia Ibañez-Guzman, M.D.
Secretary

Felipe Gozar L. Duque, M.D.
Treasurer

Augusto Jose G. Galang, M.D.
P.R.O.

Board of Directors
Ira I. Yu, M.D.
Allan A. Policarpio, M.D.
Patricia Anne I. Cabral-Prodigalidad, M.D.
Ernesto G. Olympia, M.D.
Ma. Teresita Z. Cabreira, M.D.

Peter P. Sy, M.D.
Immediate Past President


2014-2015
Accreditation Board

Anne Marie Geraldine J. Javier, M.D.
Chairman

MEMBERS

Marivic I. Cadag, M.D.
Therese C. Macatula, M.D.


2014
Specialty Board

Luis E. Abola, M.D.
Chairman

Edward L. Lim, M.D. 
Secretary/Treasurer

MEMBERS

Alexander T. Uy, M.D.
Arnold O. Vitug, M.D.
Jonathan EAI Sandejas, M.D

Standing Committee

Frederick T. Dy, M.D.
PSG Over-all Chair, Organizing Committee
2014 Philippine Digestive Health Week
Chair, Commitee on Internal Affairs

Judith D. Gapasin-Tongco, M.D.
Chair, Committee on External Affairs/Midyear Convention 2013

Leticia Ibañez-Guzman, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Membership/Secretariat/Website

Felipe Gozar L. Duque, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Ways & Means

Augusto Jose G. Galang, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Civic Action

Ma. Teresita Z. Cabreira, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Research and Research
Education

Patricia Anne I. Cabral-Prodigalidad, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Councils

Allan A. Policarpio, M.D.
Chair, Scientific Committee and Committee on Continuing Medical Education

Ira I. Yu, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Training Programs

Ernesto G. Olympia, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws
Chair, Committee on Audit

Peter P. Sy, M.D.
Chair, Committee on Nominations

Constitution

NEW BY-LAWS of the PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, INC.
Revised MARCH 2013

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Mission & Vision

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology envisions itself as an organization of competent gastroenterologists, imbued with a high level of moral and ethical values, committed to the practice of the specialty in the Philippines and dedicated to the high standards of learning, training and cure of digestive disorders.

History

THE PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. . .THEN AND NOW!

The ground work for the birth of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology started way back in 1948 when Dr. Francisco J. Roman performed the first gastroscopy at the University of Santo Tomas using a bulb-type gastroscope.

Later in 1953, Dr. Gonzalo Austria brought in the Philippines’ first Gastro camera for the University of the East Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Gonzalo F. Austria, 1960 – 66

As the interest in gastroenterology grew, a group of Filipino doctors got together and established the Philippine College of Gastroenterology whose aim was to developed and promote gastroenterology as a specialty. Elected officers at the time were Dr. Gonzalo Austria (President), Dr. Francisco Roman and Pacifico Yap (vice-president), Dr. Oscar Liboro (secretary), Dr. Jesus Soriano (Treasurer). Members of the board were: Dr. Wenceslao Vitug, Dr. Jose Jose, Dr. Porficio Recio and Dr. Hermogenes Santos. However it was only in 1960 with the coming of Dr. Henry Bockus, who was then president of the Organization Mondialede Gastroenterologie (OMGE), that the officers were inducted and the society’s name changed to Philippine World Congress of Gastroenterology in Geneva, Switzerland and in the Asia Pacific Congress in Chandigar,India. The society experienced a spurt of growth in1961 when Dr. Sol Alvarez came home from the United States bringing with him an Eder Palmer bulb-type gastroscope. Since then., gastroscopy became an established part of gastrointestinal examination.

Dr. Francisco J. Roman, 1966-68

Dr. Roman was elected second president of the society. His vice presidents were Oscar Liboro and Dr. Porfirio Recio. Dr. Sol Alvarez was the secretary, Dr. Elpidio

Gamboa the treasurer. It was during his term that the incorporation papers were processed. The society was again represented in the Third World Congress of Gastroenterology in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Oscar Liboro saw to it that the medical information obtained during that meeting could be shared by his colleagues back home. He organized a post-congress series of lecture in the Philippines. Invited were noted figures like Drs. Watkinson and Billing of the UK, Drs. Pollard Ross, Nugent, and Steigman from the United States.

Dr. Pofirio Recio, 1968 – 70

Dr. Recio was the first surgeon to be elected president of the society with Dr. Esteban Pineda, who was the secretary, they represented the society in the Third Asian Pacific Congress in Melbourne, Australia and won the bid to host the 1972 Asia Pacific Congress. The preparation for the big event was the major highlight of his term. Dr. Recio was elected Chairman of the fourth Asia Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Florentino Santos, 1970 - 72

The next set of officers were: Dr. Florentino Santos, President, Dr. Esteban Pineda, and Dr. Amado Lee, Vice-Presidents, Dr. Armando Sta. Ana, Secretary, Dr. Jesus Perez, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Dr. Victor So, Treasurer, The Fourth Asian Pacific Congress of Gastroenterology was the biggest international event ever hosted by the Society.

Then President Ferdinand Marcos was the keynote speaker. It was also during this time that the Agustin Liboro Memorial Lecture was launched.

Dr. Sol Z. Alvarez, 1972 – 74

Dr. Sol Alvarez was elected President of the Society. He initiated the holding of bi-annual postgraduate courses to promote gastroenterology to all medical practitioners. The first post-graduate was conducted in Baguio City in December, 1973.

In addition, he established the “Gastrointestinal Corner”, a permanent feature in Pulse Philippines, a monthly publication of Winthro-Stearns. He also launched the PSG Newsletter as well as worked for the affiliation of the society with the Philippine Medical Association.

When the Matial law ban was relaxed, Dr. Alvarez, Dr. Ronaldo Asuncion. Dr. Victoriano Lim, and Dr. JY Perez attended the first Asia Pacific Congress of Endoscopy in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Crisostomo Arcilla represented the PSG in Sydney, Australia and presented his paper on Operative Cholangiography.

Dr. Armando D. Sta. Ana, 1974 – 76

The sixth President of the Society was Dr. Armando D. Sta. Ana. His board was tasked with the continued effort to bring gastroenterology to all medical practitioners in active collaboration with the other medical societies.

Dr. Jesus Y. Perez, Jr., 1976 – 78

During his term, two milestones in the history of the society happened: the launching of Cimetidine (Tagamet), the first H2 receptor antagonist that revolutionized the treatment of peptic ulcer disease, and the birth of the Philippine Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy with Dr. Florencio Pineda as President. It was also during this time that society conferred its honorary member award to Dr. GV Ong of HongKong.

Dr. Fernando F. Piedad, 1978 – 80

Dr. Fernando Piedad and his board conceptualized and initiated the first annual convention of the society. The mechanics for the subspecialty training for gastroenterology were formulated and in consequence the list of forty doctors to be awarded the title of diplomate under the grandfather’s clause was approved.

Dr. Federico T. Leelin, 1980 – 82

The board with Dr. Leelin as President approved the mechanics for the subspecialty training of gastroenterology and scheduled the first diplomate examination. Oozing with confidence after the success of the 4th Asian Pacific Congress, the board went ahead to bid for the hosting of the World Congress of Gastroenterology. This was, however, lost to Sao Paolo, Brazil. The information campaign against alcoholism was developed at this time.

Dr. Eugenio A. Picazo, 1982 – 84

When Dr. Picazo was elected President, the first manual of procedures, rules and regulations, souvenir programs and the first issue of the Philippine Journal of Gastroenterology was published. After being launched in 1972, the first Agustin Liboro Memorial Lecture was held with no other than Marvin Sleizenger as guest lecturer. It was also during this time that the first five diplomats of the society were inducted. They were:

Venancio I. Gloria, M.D.

Remigio M. Olveda, M.D.

Judy Y. Lao-Tan, M.D.

Evelyn B. Dy, M.D.

Daniel M. Parungao, M.D.

In 1983, the society lost one of its pillars as Dr. Francisco Roman joined his creator.

Dr. Florencio M. Pineda, 1984 – 86

His term was marked by years of crisis in both the individual and collective national life. But in spite of this, the society was still able to function and implement its list of objectives. Scientific out-of-town activities had to be trimmed down in number but were conducted to best meet the needs of the areas concerned. Criteria for training programs were modified so that more centers were accredited for the training of aspiring gastroenterologists. It was also at this time when the first Francisco Roman Memorial lecture was held.

Dr. Amadeo F. Lustre, Jr., 1988 – 90

In addition to the continued scientific activities, Dr. Lustre and his board encouraged research activities, especially the free paper presentation during the conventions. His term also took on the task of putting into order the administrative aspect of the society. The PSG/PSDE secretariat was established at UERM and the services of a lawyer was acquired to workout SEC requirements.

Dr. Erlinda V. Valdellon, 1990 – 92

The first woman President of the society pursued with the vigor the accredited training program of the society in order to maintain its high standard of quality. Emergence of conflicting information on the risk of Hepatitis B virus infection led to the issuance of a position paper with regard to HBsAg (+) contract workers.

During her term, the society lost one of its board of directors, the late Nicolas Zubiri – the 7th President of the Philippine Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Arsenio C. Mendoza, 1992 – 1994

It was during the term of Dr. Arsenio Mendoza that the society implemented for the first time an alcohol free convention. The board also proposed the standardization of professional fees. For the interest of the public, a consensus on Hepatitis B testing and vaccination was issued. It was also during his term that the PSG Newsletter was re-activated and re-named GUT News. The first batch of young investigators’ awardee was sent to the World Congress of Gastroenterology in Los, Angeles, California, USA.

Dr. Ramon E. Carpio, 1994 – 1996

The highlight of his term was the purchase of three condominium units at the Prince David Tower at Katipunan Street, the future home of the PSG/PSDE

Past Presidents

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