Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases (WPCCID)
In 1992, Dr. Alberto Gabriel (1992-1993) took office, consolidating the gains of the previous years. PSMID was given the privilege to host the 4th Western Pacific Congress on Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases (WPCCID) in 1994 with Dr. Thelma Tupasi as Congress President. This meeting was dubbed “Event of the Year” by the Department.
Under the incumbency of Dr. Norma Abejar (1994), the Society saw the acquisition of a new property in Quezon City which became the official national headquarters. In addition, largely dictated by the administrative demands of WPCCID, PSMID became a DOST-recognized science foundation with a PSMID Trust Fund for Research.
Thus, 1994 was a truly momentous year for PSMID. It achieved the almost unbelievable feat of hosting a meeting of the world’s who’s who in chemotherapy and infectious diseases. The 4th WPCCID had 205 faculty members of international distinction coming from 47 countries, and a total of 213 speakers and presenters. Out of this Congress, 7 Consensus Statements were produced on important issues such as MDR tuberculosis, antibiotic policies, malaria, pneumonia, dengue fever and limited resource AIDS and cancer management.