Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI)
Mission: To abide by the moral and ethical standards in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Philippine Medical Association and the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Board of Directors of the Society.
- To promote holistic, compassionate, and competent care to all patients responding to changing priorities of the times through continuing medical education, initiation and recommendation - of public health programs geared towards awareness, prevention and management of allergic and immunologic diseases.
- To uphold excellent standards in training, teaching and research in allergy & immunology.
- To develop a referral network among local and international health care providers
- To become respected leaders who will be in the forefront of service, training and research in the subspecialty
- To establish camaraderie, fellowship and mutual respect among members of the society and with affiliated organizations
Motivated by the desire to strengthen the practice of allergy/immunology in the Philippines and to promote the recognition of allergy/immunology as a distinct subspecialty, eleven (11) distinguished allergists, encouraged by the pioneer allergist in the Philippines, Dr. Arturo Rotor, gathered together 36 years ago to establish the Philippine Society of Allergology and Immunology now known as the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI).
Dr. Felicidad G. Cua-Lim was elected the first and founding president of the society while Dr. A. B. Rotor became the first PSAAI Honorary President. Through the years the society has been led by other exemplary practitioners and academicians: Doctors Benigno F. Agbayani, Miguel L. Noche, Agusto L. Lingao, Manuel F. Ferreria, Alendry P. Caviles, Remedios C. Ong, Manuel M. Po, Madeleine W. Sumpaico, Hiyasmin M. Lim, Florecita R. Padua, Dr. Ruby N. Foronda, Dr. Linda Lim-Varona, and presently, Dr Jovilia Abong.
The society is a recognized active member in good standing of the World Allergy Organization (formerly International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) and the Asia Pacific Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology. Locally, the PSAAI is a recognized specialty society of the Philippine Medical Association, and a subspecialty society of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Pediatric Society.
Membership has grown to 108 members through the establishment of three training centers for allergy/immunology: University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital, University of Sto. Tomas College of Medicine and Surgery and the Dr. Fe del Mundo Medical Center Foundation Phils.
Doctors who trained in allergy/immunology in other countries further strengthened the society’s rank. A Subspecialty Board known as the Subspecialty Board of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (PSBAAI) was established to ensure high standards of care by the new practitioners in the field. The PSBAAI is a conjoined Board of the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Pediatric Society Specialty Board.