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PHA Western Visayas-Panay Chapter
Media links, social services tops
Besanes-Almeñana’s agenda

ILOILO CITY, August 6, 2016 -- The Philippine Heart Association Western Visayas Panay Chapter is coming in strong with its leader – Dr. Rhodelyn Besanes-Almeñana, at the helm from 2016-2018.
Almeñana took her oath before PHA President Dr. Raul Lapitan who flew from Manila to grace this significant occasion which was witnessed by PHA past President Dr. Joel Abanilla, a native of Iloilo and past chapter presidents and members, some PHA staff and guests from Servier Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories. The oath-taking rites were held at the Richmonde Hotel, Megaworld Blvd. corner Enterprise Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo.

Likening her new mission to President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuance of the accomplishments of past administrations in her inaugural speech, the very articulate Besanes-Almeñana called on her fellow Ilonggos’ “very active participation” because “the success and future of our chapter does not solely lie on me” as she added Peter Parker’s all too familiar line, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

She emphasized the need to network with media in achieving objectives and prolific results. “I think it’s time to be more involved in our cardio newspaper, social media and make TV exposures on local channels even just during Sundays of the Heart Month,” which will be her term’s primary goal.

Almeñana also described the prospect for broadening the reach of the Chapter’s missions outside of the clinic through social services. Looking back, she said the Chapter did it during the Yolanda aftermath. Moreover, she described how past chapter Christmas Parties had the Don Bosco Foundation as beneficiaries. She hopes “to do more of this social services advocacy by being enthusiastic in these real life rewarding activities.”

In relation to internal operations, she aspires to “initiate discussion and brainstorm the ideas presented for the benefit of our patients” with regards to administrative and medical updates and guidelines among cardiologists and other colleagues.

“When I joined the PHA strategic planning, the idea that was inculcated in my mind is to be ambitious, in a way of dreaming to be the best chapter once again after several years from the time of Dr. Palmes, but realistic,” Almeñana said. “One of my driving forces to be a cardiologist, aside from idolizing my mentors plus the FPCP (and) FPCC, are the happy memories during my training years,” the Chapter President cited, referring to her residency training years in internal medicine and fellowship training years in cardiology.

With a brief background into her small town beginnings as an achieving medical aspirant and, now, as a mother, Almeñana took pride over the legacy left by past chapter presidents endowed upon her induction which she strives to continue.

A few in particular is the Best Chapter recognition awarded to the PHA-WV Panay Chapter steered by Dr. Patricio Palmes. Prior, Dr. Louie Tirador introduced the memorable Lakad Puso event held annually each February, and even the nightly chapter intermissions and dancing competitions which Almeñana herself excelled in.

Quoting once again the words of the Duterte administration, Besanes-Almañana said of her new lead in the PHA-WV Panay Chapter that “the ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest,” and reminded the crowd to “dream, learn and achieve the good and hearty things together.”


Dr. Raul Lapitan

PHILIPPINE HEART ASSOCIATION Stand On House Bill 4144 or The Anti-Health Amendments of The Sin Tax Law

The passage of the Sin Tax Law has come to be one of the monumental feats reached in the last 10 years in the history of Philippine legislation for two main reasons: First, It introduced a systematic approach towards reconditioning Filipino consumers’ choices that is actually conducive to health best practices. And 2. it successfully showcased the country’s ability of instituting a mandate careening towards healthier individuals and healthier communities.

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1 Laoag Dr Benjamin Flor Mariano Marcos State University Laoag Campus
2 Ilocos Sur Dr Gloria Lahoz Cabugao Beach Resort
3 La Union Dr Stella Mabanag/Leah Sanglay La Union National High School
3 Baguio Dr Karla Posadas St Louis University Department of Engineering and architecture 
4 Dagupan Dr Joseph Dimaano Lyceum Northwestern University, Tapuac,Dagupan City
5 Tuguegarao Dr Valeriano Combate St Paul University of the Philippines, Tuguegarao
6 Olongapo Dr Marietta Ablang/Olongapo DRMMO Harbor Point Activity Center, SBMA
7   Dr Claire Sebastian-Garduque The Medical City - Clark
8 Pampanga Dr Domicias Albacite Angeles University Foundation Medical Center University Gym, Mc Arthur Hi-way, Angeles City
9 Cabanatuan Dr Arnel Gabriel Premiere Medical Center
10 Bataan Dr Orlando Bugarin Dona francisca Covered Court Balanga City 
11 Lucena Dr Delta Canela 2nd Cavalry (Masigasig) Squadron Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena city 
12     Mount Carmel Diocesan Hospital
13 Cavite Dr Victor Mendoza De La salle University Medical Center 
14   Elizabeth Apduhan Canlanipa Elementary School Rosario Cavite
15 Laguna Dr Reynante Lapak Yazaki Torres Company in Mailing Calamba Laguna
16   Dr Rojohn Maliwat and Dr Emmanuel Lantican HealthServ Los Baños Medical Center
17   Dr Niela Cecille Brillo and Dr Apollo Mondelo San Pablo Community General Hospital
18 Batangas Dr Rommel Rosita Mary Mediatrix Memorial Medical Center
19 Naga Dr Maribel Guiterrez People's Hall,Naga City Hall
20 Cam Sur Philip Justine Reblora - Cam Sur DRMMO Quince Martires at Naga City
21 Legaspi Dr Josephine Recierdo DOH region 5 covered court
22 Cebu City Dr Francisco Chio Site 2: Mendero Hospital, Consolation, Cebu 
23     Cebu Coliseum 
24 Tacloban Dr Leila Diaz Tacloban City Convention Center
25 Ormoc Dr Phodette Arevalo Ormoc Superdome
26 Bohol Dr Jane Ramiro Mansasa High School, Brgy Mansasa, Tagbilaran City
27 Bacolod Dr Anthony Gebusion SM Bacolod
28   Dr Pauline Convocar Corazon Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital - Reodica Hall 
29 Iloilo Dr Rhodelyn Almeñana DENR region 6 office n Iloilo 
30 Antique Dr Christine Train Antique National School, San Jose Antique
31 Dumaguete Dr Kenneth Coo Silliman University Gym, Silliman University Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
32 Zamboanga Dr Amilbahar Karim Centro Latino at Paseo Del Mar, Zamboanga City
33 Cotabato Dr Jane Mamadra Cotabato City High School-Main Campus
34 Misamis Occidental Dr Kathleen Go-Eschavez 2nd Floor, Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative Bldg, Eastern Looc, Plaridel, Misamis Occidental
35 Misamis Oriental Dr Geraldine Pon Gingoog City Hall grounds
36   Dr Rowena Rocha and Dr Bernard Rocha Vicente N. Chavez Memorial Central Elem School
37   Dr Franz Go and Dr Roy Sasil Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol McArthur Park
38 Cagayan De Oro Dr Teresita Palamine Cagayan De Oro City Hall Grounds
39 Pagadian Dr Frankie Ligas Pagadian City
40 Manila Dr Alvin dela Cruz Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, Blumentritt Sta Cruz, Manila
41   Dr. Mariel Barcelon-Cruz Manila Med Medical Center, UN Ave., Manila
42   Dr Ailen Albana UST arch of the centuries and Benavidez Walkway
43   Dr April Llaneta Emergengy med PGH
44     UP Manila Community
45   Dr Faith Gaerlan Manila Doctors Hospital
46   Arem Sanvictorias Philippine College of Health and Science
47   Dr Melissa Co-Sia Metropolitan Hospital
48 Quezon City Central Site - Dr Francis Lavapie and Gina inciong QC Hall Grounds
49   Dr Joyce Jumangit DAPA Hall, Philippine Heart Center
50     FEU
51   Dr Bernadette Velasco East Ave Medical Center
52   Dr Manolito Turalba St John De Beverly School, Quirino Highway, QC
53   Dr Valerie Bumatay SLMC QC Heart Rm
54   Nin Gironella Fairview Terrances Mall
55 Pasig Dr Lendry Quizon The Medical City
56   Alexander Villalon, EMT SM East Ortigas
57 San Juan Dr Regidor Encabo Brgy Corazon de Jesus Covered Court
58     San Juan Medical Center
59 Valenzuela Lean Baltazar, RN - DRMMO Valenzuela ALERT Bldg, Malinta Valenzuela City, Infront of Valenzuela City Hall
60   Dr Imelda Mateo Valenzuela Medical Center
61 Muntinlupa Dr Ma Rita Santos  
62 Makati  Dr Ma Teresa Torres Makati Medical Center Auditorium
63   Dr John David Comandante Ospital ng Makati
65 Paranaque Jericho Adolfo Parañaque National Highschool
66     Masville Elementary
67     San Antonio Elementary School
68 Marikina  Alexander Villalon, EMT SM Marikina


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