In 2009, PASOO continued its activities on obesity prevention. Dr. Elizabeth P. Pacheco, the president, emphasized the importance of research and organized a research core group. Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, a pediatric endocrinologist, proposed PASOO School-based Health Promotion Program and organized School Health Lecture Series. Two lecture series were held in July, the nutrition month; the first was in St. Andrew’s School, Parañaque, on July 24, 2009 and the second was in St. Scholastica’s College, Manila on July 31, 2009. The third lecture series was in St. Matthew College, San Mateo, Rizal, on September 4, during Obesity Awareness & Prevention Week, the first week of September. We shared the PASOO “Mission and Vision”, then talked about the “Importance of Healthy Weight and Prevention of Obesity-related Complications”, “Knowing Your WHW and Be Healthy” (WHW – weight, height and waist), and Nutrition lecture – games on “Proper Food Choice”. The speakers were PASOO officers and directors, including Dr. Elizabeth P. Pacheco, Dr. Rosa Allyn G. Sy, Dr. Gabriel V. Jasul, Jr., Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, Mrs. Sanirose S. Orbeta and Mrs. Celeste C. Tanchoco. The fifteenth Annual Convention was held on September 5 at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila with a theme “From Theory To Public Policy: Addressing Challenges And Trends In Obesity Now”. “ACTION” has been stressed by Dr. Gabriel V. Jasul, Jr., the chairperson of Scientific Committee. Dr. Rodolfo Florentino formulated the PASOO Declaration II and it was passed and approved by the members during the convention. The Third Wellness Summit, with the theme, “Wastong Bigat, Kalusugan ang Katapat”, was held on September 12 at Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall with Dr. Mia C. Fojas as the chairperson of the Summit.
In 2010, PASOO held the Third Obesity Workshop with Cebu Chapter in Marco Polo Hotel, Cebu City, on April 24. We continued the School-based Health Promotion Program and gave Health lectures in St. Andrew’s School, Parañaque, for the second time, on the 28th day of July, the nutrition month. During the previous year, the audience were grade school students while during this year, the participants were high school students. Dr. Augusto A. Litonjua, Dr. Rosa Allyn Sy, Elizabeth P. Pacheco and Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua attended the 11th International Congress on Obesity (ICO) held in Stockholm, Sweden on July 11-15. Dr. Rosa Allyn Sy, representing PASOO, is the treasurer of the Asia-Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity (AOASO) Council and the overall chair of the forthcoming 6th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity (AOCO 2011). The 16th PASOO Annual Convention was held on September 4, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza with the theme: “Re-examining Obesity Recommendations: Successful Outcomes and Lifelong Uses of Treatment in Obesity Now – SOLUTION”. The PASOO Lay forum was held on September 5 at the Bayanihan Hall, United Laboratories in Mandaluyong City, with guest of honor, Asia’s Biggest Loser Finalist, Carlo Miguel, who shared his own experiences in losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight.
Obesity lecture series and awareness campaign were continued through 2010 and 2011 under the presidency of Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua. Obesity Prevention and Awareness Week 2010 was celebrated with Lecture and Lay Forum at the Mandaluyong City Hall on September 5, 2010. On March 11, 2011, PASOO’s obesity initiatives were the focus of the PCP Health Forum at Anabel’s Restaurant, Quezon City. Preparation for the 6th Asia-Oceania Congress on Obesity was the major focus of the PASOO and regular organizational meetings were held to ensure the success of this event in Manila. In the meantime, PASOO Obesity Lecture Series, in coordination with Manila Doctors Hospital, was held at the Epifanio de los Santos Elementary School on August 5, 2011 for parents, on August 22, 2011 for students and on August 28, 2011 for teachers.
PASOO’s stature as an obesity organization was enhanced by its successful hosting of the 6th Asia-Oceania Congress on Obesity on August 31 to September 2, 2011 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza. 992 health professionals participated in this congress hosted by the PASOO in cooperation with the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO), the Asia-Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity (AOASO) and the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (PSEM). PASOO Past President, Dr. Rosa Allyn G. Sy, was the indefatigable AOCO Congress Chair and she was ably supported by Congress Co-Chair and Scientific Committee Chair, PASOO Past President, Dr. Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco , Congress Secretary and incumbent PASOO President, Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, Congress Treasurer and then PSEM President, Dr. Gabriel V. Jasul,Jr. and the hardworking and dedicated chairs and members of the different Congress Committees with the generous assistance from pharmaceutical partners.
With the theme, “The Growing Problem of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome: the Asia-Oceania Perspective”, highlights of this important regional Congress included keynote address by the WHO Representative in the Philippines, Dr Soe Nyunt-u and seven state of the art plenary lectures delivered by PASOO Founding President, Prof. Augusto D. Litonjua (Philippines), Prof. Yuji Matsuzawa (Japan), Prof. Frances Lina Lantion-Ang (Philippines), Dr. Anthony Paul Furnary (USA), Prof. Nicholas Finer (UK), Prof. Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco (Philippines), IASO President, Prof. Philip T. James (UK) and Prof. Ian D. Caterson (UK). Eight exciting symposia with international and regional obesity experts and seven industry supported satellite symposia completed the excellent scientific program. The Research Committee showcased 55 research presentation in both oral and poster presentations. The social program rounded out the full three-day schedule with the Fat and Fabulous dinner symposium on Congress Day 1, the Power to Move, Go! Fitness activity, early in the morning of Congress Day 2 and the Fellowship Night, also on Day 2. During the closing session, representatives of the Asia-Oceania obesity organizations signed the resolution entitled, “A Call to Action Against Overweight and Obesity: Asia-Oceania Perspective” as a fitting finale to this remarkable congress. Indeed, PASOO and its partners earned well-deserved congratulations and commendation.
The Impressive outcome of the 6th AOCO further inspired the PASOO leadership to pursue its many programs. Right after the Congress, on October 12, 2011, the PASOO Research Committee, headed by Past President Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco, spearheaded the PASOO Research Validation Workshop at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, concretizing the Philippine Obesity Reserach Agenda. On November 12, 2011, the 4th PASOO Obesity Workshop, in cooperation with the PASOO Bulacan Chapter and coordinated by PASOO Director, Dr. Roberto Mirasol, was held at Paradise Resort, Malolos, Bulacan.
2012 is again proving to be another busy year for the PASOO leaders and members. Current President, Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua, led PASOO’s participation at the PCP Health Forum (March 20, 2012) together with the PSEM. On April 25 and 26, 2012, the PASOO leadership and stakeholders reviewed the strategic plans of the organization. With the help of workshop facilitator, Mr. Armando C. Esguerra, PASOO was able to craft the ten-year plan of the PASOO aptly summarized as E.R.A.S.E. OBESITY! (Education, Research, Advocacy, Service and Expansion). This provides a concrete framework for PASOO’s many programs and projects.
On May 9-12, 2012, PASOO Past Presidents, Dr. Rosa Allyn G. Sy and Dr. Elizabeth Paz-Pacheco, PASOO Secretary and Scientific Committee Chair, Dr. Gabriel V. Jasul, Jr., had the opportunity to attend the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France and were to represent PASOO in two important meetings during this Congress, the IASO Council Meeting and the AOASO Council Meeting. The remarkable outcome of the 6th AOCO Congress in Manila was again noted in both meetings by the IASO President, Prof. Philip T. James and the AOASO leaders who both congratulated Dr. Rosa Allyn G. Sy and the PASOO for setting the benchmark for future AOCO meetings.
PASOO lecture series continued with the Dr. Sioksoan Chan-Cua’s session with public school nurses on May 29, 2012 at the Francisco Balagtas Elementary School. PASOO is likewise actively pursuing its alliances and entered an agreement with Coke Philippines to be the lead organization of the Exercise is Medicine program in the Philippines during the organizational meeting with health organizations last July 11, 2012 at Oakwood Center, Ortigas, Pasig City. PASOO also participated in the formulation and completion of the Philippine Diabetes Nutrition Algorithm with the PSEM as the lead organization. On July 26, 2012, the PASOO leaders met with Department of Health Secretary, Dr. Enrique T. Ona, at the DOH Office, Sta. Cruz, Manila to strengthen PASOO’s public health strategies.
This year’s annual convention, to be held on August 31, 2012 at Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila, will again attempt to direct PASOO’s programs into actual actions and solutions, with the theme, “AIMING ACTIONS, SHAPING SOLUTIONS”. Leading experts will discuss important issues and concerns regarding artificial sweeteners, obesity research agenda in the Philippines, weight management programs in primary care and public health settings, behaviour modification in the home environment, prevention of complications of childhood obesity and physical activity promotion in school and the workplace. The Filipino panel of speakers will be joined by Professor Maxime Buyckx from Atlanta. Georgia, USA who will present his lecture on translating scientific evidence on physical activity into actions in our changing world. Capping the program is the multidisciplinary panel discussion dubbed as Obesity Conversations: Actions and Reactions, Solutions and Resolutions that will highlight recent updates, recommendations and their applications in the real world setting. The convention summary, a distinct feature of PASOO Annual Meetings, will put together this year’s major inputs that will help direct PASOO’s future action plans.
As a prelude to this year’s Annual Convention, the PASOO Research Committee will convene the Obesity Summit 2012 on August 30, 2012 also at the Crowne Plaza. Key leaders and stakeholders in the field of obesity have been invited to contribute to the important task of setting the national research agenda on obesity with the ultimate objective summed up as E.R.A.S.E. OBESITY! As identified during the last PASOO strategic planning. Interested individuals and groups are most welcome to participate.
Upcoming activities for the rest of 2012 include celebration of Obesity Awareness and Prevention Week from September 1-7, PASOO Lay For in corporate/work setting and the 6th Obesity Workshop in coordination with PASOO Baguio Chapter in November and continuing membership drive.
Indeed, the task of preventing and managing overweight and obesity remains daunting today. But with PASOO’s firm resolve to fulfill its mission as pioneer in the prevention and control of obesity and its complications and attain its vision of an obesity-risk free Philippines, the challenges in the fight against obesity will be faced as real opportunities to make a difference. PASOO therefore enjoins everyone to work with us as we AIM ACTIONS AND SHAPE SOLUTIONS AGAINST OBESITY!