By Dr. Allan A. Policarpio
JAC 2022 Overall Chairman
(Opening Remarks during JAC 2022 Opening Ceremony)
Once again we are gathered together for our Joint Annual Convention. The GI experts in the Philippines with our esteemed guest faculty around the world meet and discuss various gastrointestinal illnesses, endoscopic challenges and liver diseases with the theme, “Redefining the Future of GI Healthcare”
The JAC organizing committee 2022 came up with a pure virtual meeting because of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. We have sixty four distinguished faculty, seven clinical symposia, five state of the art lectures, three multidisciplinary team care conferences and four comprehensive days, March 11 and 12, March 18 and 19 to be followed by fellowship night, raffle prizes and surprises await you.
We are honored and delighted to have Professor Guilhermo Macedo, the President of the World Gastroenterology Organization, as our keynote speaker.
One of the Programme Highlights is the First Asia-Pacific Leaders’ Forum where in four distinguished Presidents come together to talk about the present and future of GI healthcare in the Asia Pacific region during the time of pandemic and post covid. These are:
APDWF President Prof. Dai Ming Fan
APAGE President Prof. Justin Wu
APSDE President Prof. Seigo Kitano and
APASL President Prof. Jin Mo Yang
The annual Dr Gonzalo Austria Memorial Lecture will be delivered by none other than Prof. Jose D. Sollano, Jr., a well respected, prolific, hardworking leader. For the Dr. Francisco Roman Memorial Lecture we are honored to have Prof. Roy Soetikno who will speak on Endoscopy Education Science – from vision to implementation.
The GI leaders of today and the leaders of the next generation should help focus in shaping the GI specialist and be part of nation building towards achieving our mission and vision, that is
The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology is the leading organization of world-class Gastroenterologists committed to the advancement and provision of the highest quality of Digestive healthcare.
My dear friends and colleagues, let us ignite our vision , ignite our passion and ignite our potential in redefining the future of GI healthcare in the Philippines and the world.
My sincerest and deepest thanks and gratitude from the bottom of my heart to the whole organizing committee, especial mention to our Scientific committee Head, Dr. Ian Cua, the publicity committee- headed by Dr Doy Cataluna, the tech team and our secretariat. I cannot mention you all. This is teamwork at its best. Kudos JAC 2022 Org Com!
Together with the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology, The Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy and Hepatology Society of the Philippines, I formally open our 2022 Joint Annual Convention.
Enjoy the learning experience! Mabuhay!