Welcome to our 33rd Mid-year convention in Cebu where the heart sings

We are excited to have all the PUA members to experience the warm smiles  of a our Cebuano brothers. Not to mention the beautiful sceneries and world renown  beaches that we and every member of our families will surely enjoy.

Let me congratulate the organizing committee headed by Dr. Samuel Vincent Yrastorza for preparing  new topics that will surely help our members to cope with some of the problems we face on a daily basis. We also have our friend from South Korea Dr. Jang Kim who will speak on female urology.

This convention will not be possible without the support of PUA Central and Eastern Visayas Chapter headed by Dr. Enrique C. Tenazas and the over all chairman mid year convention, Dr. Edwin Lim. They have painstakingly took the lead in making this convention a fruitful and enjoyable one.

I thank all the PUA members for the support with much enthusiasm, for without you PUA will never reach this far.

I also thank the pharmaceutical companies who have been our partners from the birth of PUA 60 years ago up to this time. Be assured that the PUA will never forget all the support and the friendship we have shared all throughout these years.

Finally, I thank God for all the blessings He has showered us. Truly it was all by His Grace that we remain SAFE,  STRONG and UNITED.

I believe we will all enjoy our stay in the beautiful island of Cebu.



Gavino N. Mercado, Jr., MD

President 2017

The President's Third Quarter Report

August 13, 2016

Dear PUA Members,

It has been 8 months since I assumed office, by now you know the success of  the midyear convention in Baguio, the AUA-PUA symposium held at San Diego  and our Annual Men's Health program. THANK YOU PUA MEMBERS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Kudos to Dr. Dodge Limjoco our chair for the Men’s Health committee for a job well done.  Special thanks to Dr. Joseph Lee our PUA media coordinator, our partners in media gave their full support in both TV and Radio to help spread our advocacy.

Last March 2016 at the EAU convention in Munich,  I had the chance to meet Dr. Ali Gozen, which was facilitated by Dr. Juvido Agatep,  to discuss with him the possibility of conducting a workshop in laparoscopy sanctioned by the EAU thru ESUT (European Society of Uro-Technology) which is responsible for conducting training courses. We agreed to bring in the famous Prof. Jens Rassweiler (Chairman ESUT, Heilbronn klinik, Germany) in the Philippines to conduct the workshop this coming October 6-8 2016. This agreement was cemented when I  met with Dr. Rassweiler last July during the Urology Association of Asia meeting in Singapore. The head of this  important  learning activity will be Dr. Juvido P. Agatep, Jr.

I had a chance to meet with the Korean Urological Association International relations head Professor Jang Kim last AUA meeting in San Diego and met with him again during  the UAA meeting in Singapore regarding the residents exchange program, at the moment we agreed to bring to Korea one resident in urology from the Philippines this October 2016.

This November 2016, we will be sending one resident in urology to attend the 3rd Asia Pacific preceptorship program in Singapore to learn about the advances in Prostate Cancer Management. I tasked Dr. Jun Gerial to craft guidelines on how to choose residents to send in this two international learning activities.  

Our Annual Convention will be on November 23-26, 2016 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel. This will be the 1st clinical congress in which all the sub-specialties in urology (Pediatric. Endourology, Uro-oncology) and Uro-Nurses Association of the Philippines will conduct their own sessions. We have gathered well known personalities in their respective fields all over the world. Dr. Warren Snodgrass (USA). Dr. Sang Won Han (Korea)- Pediatric, Dr. Nikolaos Sofitikis (Chaiman section of Andrology EAU)-Infertility, Dr. Ananias Diokno (USA)- Urodynamics,  Dr. Raoul Concepcion (USA) Prostate Cancer, Dr. Guohua Zeng (China)- Mini PCNL. There are also 2 pre-congress workshops one in Urodynamics and in Endourology on November 23, 2016. The head of the scientific committee Dr. Joben Abraham and the overall chair Dr. Gabby Mercado has promised me a very meaningful learning experience in this year’s annual convention.

It is also with great honor that the President of the Urology Association of Asia Dr. MK Li will be the keynote speaker during the opening day of our Annual convention and will lead the induction of PUA and PURDA members to UAA. We are part of this big Urological Family in Asia and let us give our full support. I have instructed Dr. Gene Yusi and Dr. Gabby Mercado to prepare the necessary documents needed regarding the possibility of holding the 2021 UAA meeting in Manila.

I commend the skills committee chaired by Dr. Ian Lorenzo and outreach committee headed by Dr. Aris Roque for a job well done. They are on their second skills development and surgical mission activity for this year.

I would like to salute Dr. Colonel Omar Cortez for doing a good job on the PUA review course. Most of the reviewers  (consultants and residents) passed the exams given by the PBU.

I would like to congratulate the PUA - Mindanao chapter headed by Dr. Pabs Buac for successfully holding their Post Graduate Course in Dipolog last July 1-2, 2016. I challenge the different chapters to follow suit.

The awards committee chairman Dr. Ronan Cuaresma is now accepting nominations for the lifetime achievement award, Academic and Community Service awards. Kindly send your nominations to the PUA Secretariat office ASAP.
The Uro-formulary would include the different treatment options of common urological diseases, guidelines and algorithm in addition to the most common drugs used by urologist, thanks to its chair Dr. Roderick Arcinas.

I congratulate Dr. Jun Dy and its members for creating new set of guidelines for research. The PUA journal chief editor Dr. Paul Sunga assured me of world class papers to be included in this years issue of the PJU. Thank you so much!
Lastly, I would like to thank the Executive Council and the PUA secretariat for their patience, cooperation and understanding.  


Yours truly,

Pedro L. Lantin, III, MD
President 2016


Good day PUA members,
It's been almost 3 months since the beginning of the year 2016, we the current executive council and the committee chairmen and members have been working doubly hard because of the several main activities lined up for the 1st half of the year. 
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our 32nd Midyear Convention in Baguio theme:  “Agpalam-miis ditoy Baguio: WAGWAGAN na PUA! ", on April 21-24, 2016.  This year’s Scientific Committee chair, Dr. Pat Tuliao, has chosen the theme: “Evolution of diagnostics in urology” and thus have lined up several interesting lectures. Dr. Joel Aldana will present our very own LUTS / BPH guidelines and Dr. Benny Sunga will talk about Parenthood.
Let us also congratulate the Philippine Urological Residents Doctors Association (PURDA) headed by Dr. Euan Sanchez who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary during the Midyear Convention.

I am very proud to announce the first ever International Societies: PUA–AUA Symposium to be held in San Diego, California on May 9, 2016.  We invited several prominent U.S. based Filipino urologist to talk about Prostate CA, Incontinence, renal transplant. More importantly, we would like to take this opportunity to strengthen our ties with the Philippine-American Urological Society represented by Dr. Ananias Diokno.
The first PUA-Outreach mission headed by Dr. Aris Roque will be held at Dipolog on April 1-3, 2016 with Dr. Victor Cabrera, Jr. as our area coordinator.  The Outreach team will consist of both young and old (experienced) dedicated urologists.
The Skills committee chaired by Dr. Ian Lorenzo is in the process of drafting structured learning modules to serve as guide in performing Endourological and Laparoscopy Procedures this 3rd week of March.
The Head of the review course Dr. Omar Cortez has scheduled their activity on May 30-June 3, 2016 at Urology Center of the Phils. Inc.  He assured me that this would be a greater learning experience for the participants.
The research committee headed by Dr. Jun Dy in collaboration with the Editor in Chief of the Phil Journal of Urology, Dr. Paul Sunga and Dr. Jojo Castillo head of membership will make sure to improve the number and quality papers to be published. In line with this there will be a research workshop scheduled on March 12, 2016.
The Men's health month on June headed by Dr. Dodge Limjoco will be conducting our Annual DRE for Men above 40. It will also showcase the 1st ever Men’s health lay symposium in which we hope to attract hundreds of participants and avail of wider media coverage. They also invited media personalities to help us propagate our advocacies. The highlight of this event will be the much more invigorated Fun Run.
Dr. Gene Yusi who has accepted the difficult task of heading the clinical practice guidelines committee that would draft our own PUA guidelines in urolithiasis.
I would also like to present Dr. Rafael L. Lising and Dr. Z. Raymond Anthony T. Cablitas, the first PUA members to avail of a mini fellowship training in Japan this coming May 2016.

The PUA Masteral program for hospital management began last January 16, 2016, which attracted around 17 fellow urologists.

Lastly I would like to thank the Executive Council and the PUA staff who endured the long hours during our meetings and all the committee chairs and it's members for accepting the challenge to bring the Association into greater heights.


Yours truly,


Pedro L. Lantin, III, MD

President 2016

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