World TB Day

Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) issues five key points, critical to addressing tuberculosis epidemic

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2017 – In support of World TB Day, 24 March, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) urges action on five united strategies to ensure the aim of ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 becomes achievable, despite new and emerging challenges.

TB is preventable and curable, yet it remains one of the world’s most pressing public health challenges and is one of the five* chronic conditions that most contribute to the global burden of respiratory diseases.

In 2015, there were 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide, and 1.8 million people died of TB. In the same year, 480,000 patients developed multidrug-resistant TB – now a recognised public health emergency and a statistic that is predicted to rise still further.

FIRS calls for immediate action on the following five points to accelerate progress in confronting TB and reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness on lung health.

· Financial investment to address the TB funding gap. During 2015, investment into TB care and prevention in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) fell almost US$ 2 billion short of the US$ 8.3 billion needed in 2016. This gap will widen further by 2020 if current funding deficits are not addressed. With 60 percent of global TB cases occurring in just six countries (India, Indonesia, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa), investment and action in these areas would drive down the overall TB burden. It is therefore imperative that sustainable funding must not only be promised, but also delivered.

· Health systems fit for purpose. The World Health Organization’s ratification of a shortened treatment regimen for drug-resistant cases of TB – just nine months, instead of the 24-month treatment standard, offers the opportunity to relieve the burden on patients and health care systems – but only if LMICs are supported to develop health care structures that can implement the recommendations.

· Active case finding to address diagnostic and treatment gaps. Of the estimated 10.4 million new TB cases recorded in 2015, only 6.1 million were detected and notified. Without active case finding, the missing millions infected with TB will remain untreated and contribute to an increase in infection and MDR-TB cases.

· Empower communities to develop and deliver people-centred solutions. Funding and staffing communities to enable them to make the decisions about the type of care that best suits them and their region, while drawing in the expertise of the wider public health community is fundamental to sustained TB prevention and cure. Governments worldwide must enable on-the-ground solutions to be prioritised and distribute funding to make them sustainable.

· A multinational, multisectoral approach. A commitment to TB elimination must be multisectoral, involving multiple government departments, sectors of society, and national and international organisations. This is crucial in order to target hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations within LMICs, especially with the counter-effects of migration and civil upheavals globally.

Progress in these five critical areas will significantly reduce the global TB burden and ensure that we take significant steps along the road to achieving the strategy to end TB by 2030.

Download the FIRS TB factsheet

For further details on FIRS and World TB Day 2017, contact:

Jo Waters
Communications Dept
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)
The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organization comprised of the world’s leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, Asociación Latinoamericana De Tórax, Asian Pacific Society of Respirology, European Respiratory Society, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Pan African Thoracic Society. The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.

Notes for Editors:

· One of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic. The World Health Organization’s “End TB Strategy”, approved by the World Health Assembly in 2014, calls for a 90% reduction in TB deaths and an 80% reduction in the TB incidence rate by 2030, compared with 2015. View the End TB Strategy here:

The five chronic conditions contributing to global respiratory illnesses are: TB; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); asthma; lung cancer and acute lower respiratory tract infection.


Ginhawa Finalists

The Philippine College of Chest Physicians is not only an organizations of pulmonary specialist considered as experts in their field, but it is also a collection of diverse talents and creative abilities, be it in performing or visual arts. One of these hidden treasures can be found in the field of photography. The PCCP has decided to put these photographic talents on display, showcasing the caring culture of our members. Thus, we have themed this competition exhibit as “Ginhawa”.

The objectives of this event are to:

-          Provide an opportunity for PCCP fellows and members to express their creativity and artistic talents in photography.

-          Create a venue for interaction through photography by members with similar hobbies thereby promoting fellowship among PCCP members.

-          Provide a pool of visual materials for use in promotion of PCCP’s advocacies and other activities.

Theme: “Ginhawa” meaning breath, relief, or a feeling of comfortable breathing and / or environmentally / ecologically friendly living.

Here are the winners of the photography contest:




1st Placer

Mystic Peaks

Dr. Glenn Pono

2nd Placer


sariwang hangin ang hatid

Kim Angelo Mansueto

3rd Placer

Field of Dreams … a Reality

Dr. Celestino Dalisay

3rd Placer


Dr. Kareem Abdon Eustaquio

Consolation Prize


Dr. Glenn Pono

Consolation Prize

Sunset to breathe in

Dr. Michelle Mangaser

Consolation Prize

Sa Puso ng isang Manggagawa

Ms. Glenda Mugol

Consolation Prize

Growing Life

Romelle Tesoro

Consolation Prize

Relaxing view

Angelita Sacdalan

Consolation Prize

Ginhawa ng Kalikasan

sa ating mata

Mardy Bansil




To claim monetary prize, please call 924-9204 or email at


PCCP President Inaugural Address


Dr. Charles Yu





I would like to thank President Vince Balanag for all his work and leading us  with grace,coolness through trying times. He has trail-blazed and set up standards and programs which will be difficult to follow despite great challenges. I hope to continue and expand the board on the road and other initiatives he has started to bring PCCP closer and more relevant to its members. I would like to ask for understanding from my family, my wife Dey (we will grow old together-promise,health permitting) and Kim (who says that despite all titles I am just still dad to him and insists on keeping my feet on the ground so success will not go to my head).

The PCCP  is like a house that has been built well with strong foundations its previous builders, past presidents and current and past leaders and members have made this so. PCCP is strong because of its 3Bs (executive, accreditation and specialty boards) and 3Cs (Councils,chapters and committees).

We strive to make PCCP truly world-class because we have long achieved our goal of a nationally recognized leader in respiratory medicine. Three years ahead of its 12 year strat plan goals set up by the 2008 Board we have achieved almost 100% of its goals and guideposts. As president and leader with its elected board, all we really need to do for the PCCP house is to spruce it up, make conditions more congenial  and the lives of those who live in it better for ourselves and for others. We exist because of a desire for the betterment of ourselves as a professional society , our patients and our community. This includes improving the working and enabling environment especially for those who work hardest for PCCP. This example I tried to show with the PCCP specialty board and Chair Tito Atienza can attest to this. I also would like to bring PCCP closer to its members so that their involvement does not only include the annual and mid-year conventions. I also want PCCP to be more relevant to them and vice-versa. I intend to do this through various means including social media, text, blog, tweet, FB among others as well as more traditional means. This convention, I volunteered to share my paintings as part of the Ginhawa Photo exhibit, to show by example that there is more to us than just being pulmonary specialists. The first photo seminar and the fact many members were showing their own beautiful photos from their phones augurs well for a future invigorated Ginhawa photo and art exhibit for our members to share their talents.

I have recruited Past President Grace Ramos to revive the  PCCP writers group and to reinvigorate it with new blood to expand awareness of what we do beyond our publications. Our first order of business is the Governance manual a product of Grace and the late great Tato Dantes works.

We will collaborate critically with DOH and this government  particularly on the relaunch of the Stop Smoking Initiatives nationwide especially in the light of the impending Executive Order on Smoking in public and private places. I also would like to follow the advice of a PCCP friend and past ERS president Klaus Rabe who encourages us to disseminate and mass-produce a one page user-friendly, patient-friendly layperson information materials for the community focusing on our advocacies like asthma, COPD, TB ,lung cancer etc.

Keywords that will guide me include making our PCCP truly world-class, engagement with members and with the world




–Rites & rituals, practice befitting a world-class organization, we already have a grand opening ceremonies. Vince has mentioned how this event sends goosebumps and how marvelous we se our past presidents gracing itwitheir presence year after year. But perhaps we should also do likewise in our closing ceremonies and on how we say goodbye to our leaders when they leave us.

This is similar to to the rites we have set up in the PCP governance manual.

We need to concentrate on the following:

(1) Improving members benefits

(2) Improving the  enabling environment, including the secretariat+

(3)  Empower Councils to validate/certify Experts Pools/Panels, Chapters



Making members feel the relevance of PCCP to their daily lives

-engage members so they can become more active w PCCP, directly through the mother organization, through their chapters or virtually through various platforms.

This can be achieved through:

(1) Board on the Road engagement (maybe piggybacking other trainings)

(2) using social media, a Presidents blog/twitter/FB

(3) sending a presidents letter to every PCCP member

a).  making the website more available

b).  improving members incentives/benefits

c).  improving enabling environment among boards,councils,chapters,committees




(1). APSR (to be more active), ESAP speakers for our meetings and encourage our members to be speakers too

(2). ERS enbloc membership (maximizing ERS speakers)

(3)  expanding ASEAN links, exploring talks with Chest societies for harmonization

(4)  Collaborates with the PTSI for its bid to host the 7th Biennial TB and Lung Disease Conference of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union) – Asia Pacific Region in 2019.

(5) Bid for another APSR Congress hosting



Critical collaboration with DOH


(2)  CREATION OF Patient-centric and doctor-centric info materials (the 1 pager Rabe)

(3)  Reinvigorate less active Councils, strengthen further frontline Councils



Innovate/upgrade Training Programs

–Return to the basics (skills+), expand Physical Diagnosis skills (Stanford, McGee) but also look at the future (Virtual Reality/VR)

–Unrealistic criteria (pleural biopsy and others)

–Reexamining current PCCP programs

–encouraging more pulmo programs outside Metro Manila (Mindanao particularly Davao,rest of Luzon)



Level up or research-related activities

–full-blast support for CPASS and similar projects (PCHRD 7 year program)

–Using PCCP as a screening house for speakers pool (model: Handshake Project)

–utilize the increasing research projects, make PCCP felt worldwide conferences

Basic skills ( bringing basics to our training McGee/Emil) with virtual reality

The Textbook of Pulmonary Medicine—Balgos et al



While ensuring financial viability,

–use to help create a better working environment

–improve members lives esp those who have sacrificed so much

–living with DOH A.O. 2015-0053, PHAP

In our business meeting, it was pointed out that 90% of our income comes from the annual convention, this is not sustainable. One way is to work with the DOH AO and its Mexico principles parent. To partner with pharma and our councils and chapters to create a pool of national and local experts for our mutual benefit and to further physician and patient education.


We will continue our collaboration and dialogue with Pharma partners. We will also be an active member of other societies but we will not hesitate to point to policies that we believe are detrimental to the interests of our members.



We  must have a more long-term view of our outreach programs:

–MMDA projects (x-rays, PFT screening)

–linking up our community –outreach  (perhaps  with GK), setting up a new site

–Watson partnership on educational materials

  • Every quarter we should have deliverables to measure where we are,  obstacles and challenges
  • Board members to be assigned specific areas mentioned
  • Board on the Road (meetings on the road?)
  • Moving the meetings/events out of the office (or the Christmas partyJ)
  • Finally below are the elements of a world-classorganization or as applied to us as PCCP. Doing things in an exceptional manner, to improve processes so that the extraordinary becomes ordinary and the exceptional routine.
  • It is not just about buildings, or even people, technology, or practices, it is the interweaving of these for the benefit of our members and the patients and communities we serve.
  • Indeed the mantra should be: “A grand old, but ever innovating  world-class organization that takes care not just  its own  members but others for the fulfillment of its mission-vision.”

—–Professor Charles Y. Yu, MD,Msc ,FPCCP,FPCP,FACP

President, Phil. College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) 2017-2018