Our Society has its humble beginnings in the Committee on Fetus and the Newborn of the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS). As early as 1986, an independent organization of neonatologists was conceptualized during the committee chairmanship of Dr. Emilio A. Hernandez, Jr. Before the turn of the millennium, Dr. Gloria B. Ramirez (Chairman 1996-1998) led the formation of the Committee on Constitution with Dr. Aurea Alicia D. Matias at the helm. The next chairman, Dr. Socorro DL. Mendoza, painstakingly continued the crusade of her predecessors with the accomplishment of the Constitution. PPS subsequently sanctioned the transformation of the Committee into the Section of Neonatology. The succeeding chairman, Dr. Dolores Belmonte-Sy, finally obtained the blessings of PPS under the auspices of Dr. Joel S. Elises, PPS president (2002-2004) for creation of a subspecialty society. The PPS Board of Trustees, with Dr. Estrella Paje-Villar as President, ratified the proposal for the Section to become a Society in 2005.
An interim team of officers was elected, led by Dr. Emilio A. Hernandez, Jr. (President) and Dr. Socorro DL. Mendoza (Vice-President). A year’s work produced the final form of the Constitution, the official name of the Society, and the official logo and colors (suggested by Dr. Cynthia O. Padilla). The Society was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and was approved on November 17, 2005. The incorporators were: Dr. Charito D. Corpuz, Dr. Amelia R. Fernandez, Dr. Emilio A. Hernandez, Jr., Dr. Ma. Luisa DV. Manlapaz, Dr. Ma. Lourdes C. Martinez, Dr. Aurea Alicia D. Matias, Dr. Socorro DL. Mendoza, Dr. Carina C. Quimbo, Dr. Gloria B. Ramirez, Dr. Wilfredo R. Santos, Dr. Ma. Asuncion A. Silvestre, and Dr. Dolores Belmonte-Sy.