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September 15, 2016


The 54th Philippine Pediatric Society Annual Convention has been slated for April 2-5, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Just like the 2016 Annual Convention, attendance to the sessions and CPD units monitoring system using the RFID cards will be in place.

A. For PPS Members with Permanent RFID Cards

Members who attended the 2016 Annual Convention and have their permanent red RFID cards are encouraged to pre-register for the 2017 Annual Convention and pay their annual dues on or before December 15, 2016. The RFID cards will be activated remotely for the 2017 Convention once the technical team received confirmation from the PPS Secretariat of the payment.

B. PPS Members without RFID cards

For the members who did not attend the 2016 Annual Convention and have not received the permanent red RFID cards, please advise them to pre-register for the 2017 Convention and pay their annual dues on or before December 15, 2016. Please indicate the name of the chapter on the date to be transmitted. The RFID cards will be printed and activated once the technical team receives confirmation from the PPS Secretariat of the payment. The RFID cards will be available for pick-up at the PPS chapter office nearest them one month prior to the convention.

C. Members with the temporary blank RFID cards

Please advise the members holding the temporary blank, white cards to email the tech support at indicating their full name and PRC number and a picture of the temporary blank white cards. They will be issued the permanent red RFID cards which would then contain the PPS CPD units recorded on the blank temporary cards and will be available for pick-up at the PPS chapter office nearest them one month prior to the convention.

D. Non-members requiring RFID cards

The white, RFID card with printed name is exclusive for non-members for need the PPS CPD units prior to taking the PPS Boards. That said, this white RFID card will only be issued to pediatric residency graduates and cost five hundred fifty pesos (Php 550.00 vat inclusive). It should not be issued to undergraduate pediatric residents. The residency graduate should present a letter from the chair of the HAB hospital to the PPS Secretariat or the PPS Chapter Treasurer stating that graduate indeed completed or will complete the residency training anytime from December 31, 2016 – March 30, 2017 before payment will be accepted and the RFID processed. The will be issued the white non-member RFID cards which would be available for pick-up at the PPS chapter office where payment was made one month prior to the convention.

Please remind your members to bring their RFID cards during the convention days.

Thank you very much.


Judith Fatima E. Garcia, MD, FPPS,
Chair, Child Health Informatics Committee

Noted by:

Alexander O. Tuazon, MD, MDE
Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.

Reclassified RFID Members:

For Those who availed of the white Non-Member´s RFID card last April 2016 convention and were inducted last April 6, 2016 and December 1, 2016, you are now re-classified as PPS members. You will receive your permanent red Member´s RFID card free of charge at least 1 month before the convention PROVIDED you pre-registered for the 2017 convention or before Dec 15, 2016.

To facilitate the printing, please send an email stating your reclassification and attach a Scanned copy of your PPS diplomates certificate and your previous non-member´s RFID card to cc: with the SUBJECT: Reclassified member.

Thank you po

Jhun Puñegal
Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.


  1. Production Number must be a sing-and-dance medley. Pure dance or a song number alone is not allowed
  2. Participants: minimum of 8 and maximum of 15. There should be a ratio of 1 consultant for every 4 residents/interns/clerks. At most 2 clerks/interns only per group
  3. Time: 3-6 minutes. Less 1 point for every exceeded minute
  4. Music and costume must coordinate with the K Pop theme


Creativity/ Originality - 25%
Audience Impact - 15%
Mastery - 20%
Choreography - 40%


The 54th PPS Annual Convention is slated for April 2-5, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center with the theme #PPS@70: A Continuing Commitment to the Filipino Child.

For this upcoming convention, we would implement and put up self-register kiosks exclusively for pre-registered delegates WITH RFID cards. The RFID cards are exclusively for members (diplomates, fellows, emeritus fellows and active members) of the PPS and for those non-members (pediatric residency training graduates) who will take the written and/or oral PPS board exams. Pediatric redisents ongoing residency training are not qualified to get an RFID card.

The RFID cards of those who will avail of them for this upcoming convention will be ready for pick-up for NCR based delegates and delivery to chapter office for those outside NCR, one month prior to the convention.

This registration innovation would entail massive data encoding of all pre-registered delegates with RFID cards hence, please take not of the changes in the deadline dates:

Pre-registration and Annual Dues Deadline: December 15, 2016

RFID Payment Deadline: December 15, 2016

List of Pre-registered Delegates along with Registration Fee O.R. number, delegate´s full name, PRC number and email from the chapters forward to Secretariat Deadline January 15, 2017.

List of RFID Availments including RFID O.R. number, delegate´s full name, PRC number and email from the chapters forward to Secretariat Deadline January 15, 2017.


Judith Fatima E. Garcia, MD, FPPS,
Chair, Child Health Informatics Committee

Noted by:

Alexander O. Tuazon, MD, MDE
Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.


The Officers and Members of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc. along with the Child Health Informatics Committee proudly present the new Philippine Pediatric Society website The website is visually more appealing, easy to navigate and contains new features like the e-newsletter, members corner, an online shop and soon, the online CPD feature schedules of events and examinations are also in the website along with pertinent forms which are available for download.

We are also cleaning our member´s database. In this regard, we are requiring all members to log in to the Member´s Corner with the following login details;

Username: PRC number (do not include the preceeding zeros before your number)
Password: password

Once logged in, our members are requested to change their password to one of their choice, save the new password then proceed to edit the details. The name, PRC number and the membership status are not editable. For changes in the member´s name, please send advise the member concerned to send an email to the with their request and a scanned copy of their PRC card.

Thank you very much.


Judith Fatima E. Garcia, MD, FPPS,
Chair, Child Health Informatics Committee

Noted by:

Alexander O. Tuazon, MD, MDE
Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.

Message from the Chapter President

To all PPS-DSMC members:

Annual Chapter General Business Meeting and Election of Officers on February 28, 2015 at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City at 4:00 pm (after the closing ceremonies of SPH postgraduate course).

Attendance is a must.

The election will start early at 12 noon until 5pm only.

Thank you.

Gemma Tiu, MD
Chapter President, PPS-DSMC


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CONGRATULATIONS to the following WHO PASSED the WRITTEN PORTION of the PPS Certifying Examination for DIPLOMATE on November 19, 2014.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following PASSED the ORAL EXAMINATION PORTION of the PPS Specialty Examination for DIPLOMATE on November 21 and 23, 2014. YOU ARE NOW CERTIFIED PPS DIPLOMATES!


Attention ALL PPSDSMC members:

Please review the proposed amendments (items in bold letters) of our rules and regulations which was presented in our General Membership Assembly last March 1, 2014.

Please make the necessary corrections/suggestions specially on SECTIONS 2.6 and 3.5.

Please email your corrections/suggestions to on or before December 30, 2014.

Thank you for your time and cooperation.

Ma. Teresa V. Protasio, MD
Immediate Past President

↓ Click here to download PPS-By-Laws file

APRIL 19-22, 2015

Type of Participants

On or before January 30, 2015
PPS-DSMC members

On or before
February 28, 2015 (national)


PPS Member*

Php 3,000.00

Php 4,000.00


Php 3,500.00

Php 4,500.00

Government*** physician
Allied Health Professions

Php 2,500.00

Php 3,500.00

Foreign Delegates

USD 300.00

USD 400.00

PPS Members Annual Dues

Php 2,000.00


* PPS members are required to pay their annual dues before registration
** Residents and fellows in training except PPS members are required to submit certificate of training signed by respective Chair or Training Officer to avail of discounted fees
*** Government physicians (Medical Officer/Municipal Health Officer) except PPS member will be classified as residents and must show certificate of employment and/or valid ID



Mervat M. Pasigan, MD, DPPS

We have heard a lot from Ebola outbreak nowadays. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola was formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. It is a fatal illness which belongs to the Filoviridae family (filovirus) with a mortality rate of 90%. It is considered one of the world’s most virulent diseases. The disease often affects human and non-human such as primates namely monkeys, apes, chimpanzees. WHO on their website,, mentioned other species of Ebola virus. One specie which is the Reston virus (RESTV) is found in the Philippines and People’s Republic of China. It can infect human but so far no illnesses or diseases have been reported by that strain. Bundibugyo ebolavirus (BDBV), Zaire ebolavirus (EBOV) and Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), have been associated with large Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Africa. Tai Forest ebolavirus (TAFV) is a member of the family but is not involved in the outbreak. If you’re interested to know more about the frequently asked questions (FAQs) of Ebola virus, feel free to read them at this site:

I have come across a news article from euronews 2014 with the following link:

I thought to share it with you for added information and awareness regarding the severity of the disease.

Where does Ebola come from?

The first known incidents of the Ebola virus were in 1976. There were two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara in Sudan and Yambuku in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). The name of the Ebola River near Yambuku was given to the new epidemic. Outbreaks have mainly occurred in remote villages in Central and West Africa, close to tropical rainforests. In the current outbreak, which began in March 2014, more than 1,000 people have died in West Africa, mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ebola is described by the World Health organization (WHO) as "one of the most virulent viral diseases known to humankind." There are five distinct species of Ebola and the survival rate ranges from 25 to 90%. There is no licensed vaccine for Ebola although several are currently being tested.

How is the Ebola virus transmitted?

  • Ebola is passed to humans through close contact with the blood or body fluids of infected animals. Fruit bats, monkeys and chimpanzees can all carry the virus.
  • Ebola then spreads through human to human transmission, again from contact with blood or body fluids.
  • Burial ceremonies where mourners touch the body of the dead person can also spread the disease.
  • The incubation period (the time from infection to the onset of symptoms) is between 2 to 21 days.
  • People remain infectious as long as their blood and secretions contain the virus.

What are the symptoms?

Initial symptoms include sudden onset of a high fever, muscle pain, general weakness, headache and a sore throat.

Further symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes, damage to the kidney and liver function. In some cases symptoms can include both internal and external bleeding. There is no known cure or vaccine for Ebola.

How can the virus be prevented?

  • Routinely cleaning and disinfecting farms to inactivate the virus.
  • Animals should be handled with gloves and protective clothing. Meat should be thoroughly cooked before eating.
  • If an outbreak is suspected in animals, the premises should be quarantined and infected animals culled.
  • Avoiding physical contact with people infected with Ebola and protective clothing must be worn.
  • Washing hands after visiting patients in hospital or after taking care of those infected at home.
  • Inform the authorities when a community is affected so containment measures can be taken.
  • Ebola victims should be buried quickly and safely, with no direct contact with the corpse.

What is being done to treat it?

Several vaccines are being tested, but none have been approved for clinical use. One of the untested drugs, Zmapp, has been used on two American missionaries who are said to be improving. It was also given to a Spanish priest who later died. Its effectiveness is unknown but the WHO has ruled its use ethical in the circumstances. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions containing electrolytes or intravenous fluids. Stocks of Zmapp, which was developed by an American pharmaceutical company, have been sent to West Africa. The company says it has given the treatment free of charge. Canada has also sent around 1000 doses of an experimental drug developed by government laboratories. It has previously shown promising results in animals but has never been tested on humans.

Another article I have come across was from Elizabeth Palermo of In her article, she mentioned other viruses that are just as dangerous (if not more so than Ebola) since they are prevalent in developed countries and kill people annually more than Ebola may have. The viruses that are worth mentioning from her article are the following: Rabies, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Influenza (Avian & Swine flu, SARS, MERS), Mosquito-borne virus (Dengue) and Rotavirus.

Let us battle these viruses starting with ourselves by doing simple handwashing, wearing gloves when handling infectious secretions such as body fluids, good hygiene, clean sanitation and by sticking to the ABC’s rule of a relationship like abstinence, being faithful and I think you know what C stands for ­ no need for me to mention it! =)

Help spread awareness to others who know little. Saving one life means a lot, much more saving many lives.

The PPS-DSMC supports the anti-measles, rubella and poliomass immunization campaign by the Department of Health.

By: Mervin Edcel E. Flavier, MD, DPPS, FPSDBP

The Department of Health (DOH) has launched another campaign against the resurgence of measles and rubella cases and to maintain our status as a polio-free country. Since the start of the year, the measles, rubella and polio vaccination program has begun. However, the DOH has cited that from January up to July 2014 that there have been 44,666 cases of measles nationwide and that 91 of these cases have resulted to fatal outcomes (source: The cases were attributed to the effects of natural disasters and emergencies that led to massive population movement.This is a follow up of the previous measles immunization campaigns (1998, 2004, 2007 and in 2011) that resulted in significant reduction in measles transmission noted in 2012. It was mentioned in the letter from the DOH Regional Office XI Director Abdullah B. Dumama Jr., MD, MPA, CESO IIIhowever that measles cases have begun to spread in 2013 leading to some significant outbreaks that continued this year.

Therefore the DOH launched a national Measles, Rubella and Oral Polio Vaccine Mass Immunization drive this month entitled as “Ligtas saTigdas at Polio, Magkaisa, Magpabakuna”. From September 1 to 30, 2014 the goal is to immunize a total of 13 million children under age 5 years nationwide and in Region XI about 600,000 eligible children. Families may avail of these vaccines for free. Regardless of previous immunization status, children between 9 months to less than 5 years oldwill get a dose of Measles/ German Measles (Rubella) vaccine and zero (0) to below 5 years old will get two drops of Oral Polio Vaccine in any local health unit. The DOH has also initiated house-to-house strategies to achieve the highest number of detecting unimmunized children and also give a second dose or booster for the rest. The objective is to reach 95% immunization to control measles and rubella transmission and maintain our country as polio-free.

In line with this, the DOH Regional Office XI has requested the PPS-DSMC to assist by communicating this project to the different members so that we could advise our parents to bring their children to the nearest health center to receive free measles, rubella and polio vaccine or to receive it through the accredited health personnel of the DOH conducting the house-to-house vaccination. The mass immunization campaign was also mentioned in the radio station of ABS CBN DXAB 1296 Radyo Patrol Davao on September 14, 2014.

The officers of the PPS-DSMC would like to encourage participation from its members to provide appropriate advise to parents and get their cooperation with the DOH’s campaign against measles, rubella and polio.

In related news, members from the PPS-DSMC General Santos City District gave their support to the DOH through their assistance in providing the MR/Polio Vaccines to 100 five-year old pupils of the East Elementary School Kids and they also conducted PPD Screening to 42 pupils at the same school last September 12,2014 (see link for further details).


By: Mervat M. Pasigan, MD, DPPS

Everything has seemed to be upgraded nowadays. From monophones to smart phones, from CPU computers to laptop/ netbooks to tablets, and the list goes on and on. Even prescription writing would be transformed to a paperless prescription in the future (thanks to Dr. Richard Mata who is the founder in the Philippines and has gone internationally worldwide). So, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pedia News will evolve into a paperless one soon! YES, you’ve read and heard it right, the Pedia News will change its image as a cybernewspaper this September 2014.

The paperless Pedia News would be under the management of Dr. Mae Dolendo who is currently the Chair of Publication Committee of the Philippine Pediatric Society-Davao Southern Mindanao Chapter (PPS-DSMC). Dr. Julie Rose Arrosas would still be the editor-in-chief. The same Pedia News editorial staff would be retained for the paperless one.

It would be exciting to note that the Davao Southern Mindanao Chapter (DSMC) is coping with other chapters in terms of technology. Of course, we will be needing extra help from an Information Technology (IT) expert when it comes to making a webpage. We are grateful enough to be helped and guided by Mr. Orlino Pacioles, Jr, who will be the web administrator of the said paperless Pedia News.

I’m sure you’d be wondering about the web’s content. Just like any other webpage, it would include TRIVIA or INFORMATION corner which would tackle about health and medical issues. INTEREST corner includes articles about hobbies, travel, restaurant reviews and other enthusiast’s opinion. Another corner is reserved for the FEATURE, which would be all about social issues. Also there would also be a page for Continuing Pediatric Development (CPD) in which we would be reading items from subspecialty courses in pediatrics. The most awaited part is the GALLERY section in which you can post any pictures you want to share with the PPS-DSMC family.

With the upgrade we have now, everyone can access the cybernews using laptops, tablets and smart phones with just a click. If you are interested to share something valuable and worth reading, feel free to submit your article via our official Facebook account: Philippine Pediatric Society-Davao Southern Mindanao Chapter (Official). There would be no limit (as there is for the newspaper). You can pour out all your sentiments provided that it is done appropriately and with social responsibility.

Formal announcement regarding the launching of the cyber Pedia News would follow soon. We look forward that this cybernews will be a success and accessible to all pediatricians of Davao Southern Mindanao. FIGHTING!