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Digos Davao del Sur/North Cotabato District

Digos City (Davao del Sur District)

(uplifted from the PPS-DSMC Coffeetable Book)

It was in 1994 when Drs. Delia Panuda and Rosario Sumera, both PPS Diplomates led the formation of DSAPP, the members included all Pediatricians (both PPS and non-PPS members) in Digos and nearby municipalities of Davao del Sur. Initial members were the Pediatric residents of Davao del Sur National Hospital (now Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital) namely, Drs. Joberma Banaybanay, Marisol Libre, Pat dela Cruz, and Maribeth Magtabog. Also included in the group are newly practicing pediatricians like dr. Ike Doromal and Dr. Janet Tongcos.

In 1995, the new member Dr. Alex Tecson was elected President. Activities of the Association include medical missions and free clinics to various municipalities in Davao del Sur like Sta. Cruz and Sta. Maria and in Kapatagan, a community at the foot of Mt. Apo.

Other activities include ‘adopt a school’ program from 2007-2009, dengue caravan to various schools and community in 2010 and free check up for SPED students at Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School. The district was also an active participant in the RF/RHD Screening Program of the PPS.

Presently there are 11 PPS members of Digos-Davao del Sur district , 4 fellows and 7 diplomates.


(Reprinted from the PPS-DSMC 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coffee Table book)

Dr. Thaddeus Evangelista started his Pediatric practice in Kidapawan, North Cotabato sometime in 1987. At that time, there were only 2 pediatricians in North Cotabato: Dr. Nenita Wong (based in Kidapawan) and Dr. Edna Baldonado (based in Kabacan). The pediatricians of North Cotabato are under the PPS-Davao Southern Mindanao Chapter and as such Dr. Evangelsta haad to regularly attend the meetings and activities of the Chapter. Eventually, he became the chapter president from 1991-1993.

It was during this time that the Chapter won the National Grand Sapphire award during the 45th anniversary of the PPS besting other chapters all over the Philippines. It was during his presidency that pediatricians far away from Davao City selected a representative who would sit in during board meetings. This assured that the activities and advocacies of the Chapter were disseminated to members of the Chapter outside Davao City like Zamboanga City, Cotabato City and General Santos City.

In 1995, Dr. Evangelista organized a group of practicing physicians in Kidapawan and became the founding President of Kidapawan Doctors’ Hospital, Inc. Together with 3 other pediatricians namely: Dr Aurea Marasigan (Neonatologist), Dr. Elisa Lazaro (General Pediatrics), and Dr. May Natividad Villagonzalo (General Pediatrics), the Department of Pediatrics of Kidapawan Doctors Hospital became a reality.

Dr. Aurea S. Marasigan who finished her Pediatric Residency Training in 1992 and subsequently became a diplomate in 1996 went into Neonatology training at UP-PGH. Dr. Elisa P. Lazaro became the first PPS-DSMC District Representative for 2 years during Dr. Renie Maguinsay’s term as President. During this time, she spearheaded the first Christian Health worker organization OF Kidapawan City Alliance Church named as KCAC HEALTH AMBASSADORS – “CHAMPS” (CHRISTIAN Health Ambassadors for Missions Philippine Services) whose main goals are medical and dental outreach programs together with spiritual nurturance.

Drs. May Natividad Villagonzalo, Joeylin Parcon, and Jennifer dela Cruz also established their practice of Pediatrics in Kidapawan City.

Among the activities spearheaded by Dr. Evangelista were education campaigns on Child Health and Nutrition through a regular radio program, streamlining and polishing the TB program of the Christian Services International, a Christian Missionary Group that supports TB patients in the province by supplying them with full course of medications. The case identification component of the program was the responsibility of the Pediatrician all over the province, coordination and and advising the Mt. Apo Foundation, Inc. (MAFI) on their supplemental Nutrition feeding Project from January to December 2000, planning, organizing and implementing medical missions to the evacuation center and war torn areas at the height of the MILF and government conflict in 1999 onwards.

In order to continuously upgrade the pediatricians practicing in North Cotabato, a loose organization Association of Pediatrcians of Cotabato province (APCOP) was organized. During the meetings, pediatric subspecialty speakers were invited to update us in their fields.

In April 10, 2002, Dr. Evangelista was the recipient of the Fe del Mundo Award in Community Service given at the Annual Convention of the Philippine Pediatric Society at the Philippine Convention Center. This was the first national award given to a Pediatrician distinguished for his/her accomplishment in Community Service.