15 June 2017
It’s been 3 months since I started (gauging from the weekly President’s blog http://philchest.org/presidents-corner/ which is now beyond week 12). I would like to update you our dear PCCP colleagues on what is happening to our College.
(1) INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT
We continue to be an important voice with other societies (as part of the global FIRS network of lung societies) and now as enbloc member of APSR and ERS. Both groups wish to remind our members to be active in their respective assemblies, ERS in particular shared data in our MOA and leaders meeting in Washington DC that only 20% of PCCP-ERS members have joined at least one assembly, a pre-requisite to activate their membership. If it’s OK with our members we will check our Council membership where you are currently a member and use that as a basis to inform both ERS and APSR of your assembly membership, please inform us individually if you do not like this option. Reminder that every year PCCP submits the enbloc membership fees and we then ask individuals to remit to us as reimbursement. Incidentally, APSR is asking our assistance on how to improve assembly engagement as well as webinar and other IT projects. JRS has signed an individual MOA with APSR and we would like to review that too. We have also accepted the challenge of co-hosting he Asia Pacific Regional TB Union conference in April, 2019 (many of us are in the orgcom including yours truly as over-all chair). We will be signing a MOA soon on this matter.
(2) ACTIVE VOICE IN THE LOCAL SCENE
Almost immediately after assuming office. We were asked to support the Executive Order banning smoking in public places as well as indoors, while the final EO was not the full ban we had wanted, it is still a victory for our anti-smoking campaign. We will be attending the launch of the Quit Smoking Hotline next week (June 19) and will pursue a MOA with Lung Center of the Philippines on the revival of stop smoking clinics. We have also, through our Councils on Diagnostics and Therapeutics under Dr. Roland Panaligan and Occupational/ILD under avenue Dr. Joven Jeremius Tanchuco, come up with position papers on mucolytics and the excise taxes on biofuels. We also helped spearhead efforts for Marawi relief ops through our Northern Mindanao Chapter (through Dr. Peter Ivan Gamolo), Iligan Medical Society (through Board Member Dr. Eileen Aniceto) and individual donations. Thanks to PGH fellow Dr. Hannah Manua. We gave financial donations to help in the relief ops.
We have now signed the following MOAs (1) GSK MOA for webinar Inter-hospital conferences and possible other IT projects, (2) UNILAB (June 30) for GEEK projects and PCCP app, (3) RX Global marketing (previously negotiated under Vince time) on smoke cessation advocacy, (4) Parish of Holy Family in Novaliches (Fr. Allan), (5) continued collaboration with MMDA, (6) ABBOTT LAMON Lung, 3 sessions done, total participants 200 + PCCP fellows and trainees.
(4) FURTHER PROFESSIONALIZATION AND MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS
We are going paperless in our board meetings and communications. Both the Accreditation Board has accepted recommendations to cumbersome paperwork and to utilize self-assessment and a more localized way of visits as well as online submissions, the Specialty Board has also graciously accepted the challenge to bring back as many practicing Pulmonologist to the fold and are preparing for another leniency year next, next year (2019) targeting those who been in practice for the last 10 years, members of good standing and actively participating in chapter activities, this will involve passing online reviews and using more local CPGs.
Improving the HQ . We have started converting the old airconditioners espcially those on the first floor to inverter type. Secretariat has endorsed sewers improvement, the board has approved the idea that a more drastic review and overhaul of the several de Adie old house is in order and we will ask a professional group to review. This includes suggestions to totally renovate the place to give it a modern, welcoming, corporate look or even construct a building in place of the house. Also, a heads-up, in view of our increasing activities and costs, we have also tried to explore the possibility of purchasing our own van.
(5) HEALTH PROGRAMS
On my prodding, Dr. Eileen Aniceto has developed a health program for our members, it had a soft launch recently and will update you continuously. It also involves offering healthy food during meetings (avoiding chips etc).
With PCCP now officially accredited as CPE/CME provider, I reiterate my call for chapters, councils to be actively involved with industry and community.
(6) LONG-RANGE PLANNING
Finally, we are preparing for the strategic planning this July 1 (through Long-Range planning head go Leni F) which I hope will set the directions for the College in the next decade, we hope we can have a fruitful discussion involving major stakeholders. I hope we can further improve our rites and rituals and maybe have a long hard look at our constitution, implementing rules, governance manual.
I also hope we continue with programs and plans to improve our members welfare, we will soon embark on the Board on the road trips. While we face continuing challenges and crisis in the country and as a responsible College , we will try to be actively involved and update you (esp through the weekly blog which I hope you can take time out to read. We also all need to be reminded that while we are the vanguards of lung health through our various advocating and while we now are known as active partners of DOH, PhilHealth and others, we are Filipinos who need to pull together for a better society.
Mabuhay ang PCCP!
In behalf of the board
Charles Y. Yu, MD, FPCCP