History

                During the chairmanship of Dr. Emilio A. Hernandez Jr., of the then Committee on Fetus and the Newborn of the Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) in 1994-1996, a proposal on the organization of a separate society of neonatologists was presented to the PPS.  Dr. Gloria Baens-Ramirez, his successor spearheaded the formation of the Committee on Constitution with Dr. Aurea Dagdag-Matias at the helm.  The next chair, Dr. Socorro deLeon-Mendoza, painstakingly continued the crusade of her predecessors with the accomplishment of the Constitution.  PPS allowed the transformation of the Committee into the Section of Neonatology within PPS.  Her successor, Dr. Dolores Belmonte-Sy, finally obtained the approval and the blessings of the PPS under the initiative of the then president, Dr. Joel Elises. The PPS Board of Trustees, with Dr. Estrella Paje-Villar as President, finally approved the proposal for the Section to become a Society.

 

                The Section registered the Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine, Inc (PSNbM) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which approved its registration on November 17, 2005.  The Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine was formally launched on February 10, 2006 by PPS Presidnet Dr. Estrella Paje-Villar in the presence of Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Francico Duque III, as guest and inducting officer.  Dr. Emilio A. Hernadez Jr., was inducted as the first president of the PSNbM.

 

                Dr. Dolores Belmonte-Sy became its second president in 2009.  PSNbM found a stable home at the newly erected PPS building at Diliman,Quezon  City in 2010.  Dr. Wilfredo R. Santos was elected as the third president in 2011.

 

                Numerous accomplishments and projects have continually paved the way to an active Society, known for its genuine love for its members and all the newborns of the country being the prime mover and providing the best standards of neonatal care.