Formed in 2005 to address the specific cardiovascular health needs of women, through concerted efforts in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, the Council on Women’s Health is the youngest Council of the PHA.

Chair: Cynthia F. de Lara, MD

Founding Chair/Adviser:  Esperanza I. Cabral, MD




The Council on Stroke and Peripheral Vascular Disease contributes to the PHA’s mission and vision in the field of cerebrovascular and peripheral vascular diseases. Since its inception in 1989, the Council has conducted continuing medical education activities focused on improving diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular diseases. It also holds programs for the public to increase awareness of the different causes and manifestations of peripheral arterial diseases.

Chair 2020 - 2023: Benny Barbas, MD


Created in 1997, the Council on Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention’s aim is threefold:

-To advance the standards of cardiac catheterization and percutaneous interventions so as to enhance patient care
-To promote excellence in the practice of cardiovascular intervention, and;
-To promote patient education on cardiac catheterization.

It has accomplished registries of different interventions and currently conducts education programs in coordination with the Philippine Society of Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention. The Council also is in the process of standardizing the subspecialty fellowship program in adult interventional cardiology in the different training institutions, and modifying international guidelines on cardiovascular intervention to suit the local setting.

Chair 2020 - 2023: Agapito Fortuno, MD


With the tremendous impact of heart failure to the healthcare system, the Council on Congestive Heart Failure was established in 1997, to improve the care of heart failure patients in the country. Educational programs on congestive heart failure were instituted. Presently, the Council is setting up the mechanics for the establishment of a pilot heart failure clinic, in cooperation with the Heart Failure Society of the Philippines, and the Philippine Heart Center.

Chair 2020 - 2023: Michael Joseph Agbayani, MD




National Heart Failure Network

The National Heart Failure Network, a multi-sectoral effort led by the Philippine Heart Association Council on Heart Failure and the Heart Failure Society of the Philippines (Project Lead - Dr. Erlyn Demerre), launched the first nationwide Heart Failure Survey this February 8, 2021 on the occasion of Heart Month. 



The Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is one of the busiest and most productive scientific councils of the PHA. Created in 1982 as one of the original Councils, its aim is to promote CPR education and training of both medical and lay personnel.

Its network has grown significantly, and it has established linkages and cooperation with international resuscitation councils. Today, this body continues to give seminars and updates on adult basic and advanced cardiac life support to medical and paramedical personnel, and workshops on basic life support to the non-medical community.

The Philippine Heart Association National Expanded Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a FULL MEMBER of the Resuscitation Council of Asia (RCA), the Asian representative society of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). It was accepted as the 5th member on November 5, 2009, joining Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, and officially inducted on June 9, 2010.

ILCOR is the accredited leader in establishing international guidelines on resuscitation, and is composed of the American Heart Association, the European Resuscitation Council, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, the Resuscitation Councils of Southern Africa, the Resuscitation Councils of Asia and the Inter American Heart Foundation. Its objectives include provision of a forum for liaison between principal resuscitation organisations worldwide, fostering of scientific research, and dissemination of information on training and education in resuscitation.

Chair 2020 - 2023: Francis N. Lavapie, MD


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