In 1969, nine colorectal surgeons organized the Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (PSCRS), and was previously called “Samahan Pilipino ng mga Siruhani ng Isaw at Bitukamtuwid.” In March 8, 1969, the first inauguration and oath – taking of the officers of the PSCRS were held at the Manila Hilton. Dr. Porfirio M. Recio+ was the first President, also acknowledged to be the Father of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Philippines; Dr. Felix H. Tambuatco served as the Vice President and Dr. Teodoro P. Nuguid served as Secretary – Treasurer. Other founding fellows include Dr. Miguel V. Ampil+, Dr. Teodoro M. Collantes, Dr. Mariano V. Dela Cruz+, Dr. Romeo R. Gutierrez, Dr. Carlos M. Magsanoc and Dr. Redentor G. Pagtalunan. Dr. Ambrosio F. Tangco was the Guest of Honor and the Inducting Officer.
In 1982, the first Residency training program in Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Philippines was started in the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital by Dr. Carlos M. Magsanoc (Section Chief) and Dr. Romeo R. Gutierrez. The first graduate of the program is Dr. Alberto B. Roxas. In 2001, a second training program was launched at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center with Dr. Jonathan M. Asprer (Section Chief), Dr. Manuel Francisco T. Roxas and Dr. Robert L. Chang. At present, there are seven Colorectal Surgery training programs in the Philippines: UP – Philippine General Hospital, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Southern Philippines Medical Center, The Medical City, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City.
In 1992, the Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery was created to be the examining arm of the PSCRS. Its mission is to maintain the highest standards in the practice of colon and rectal surgery in the Philippines.
With its rich history, and with the infusion of fresh and dynamic members, the PSCRS is expected to grow even further, strengthening its leadership role in the development of colon and rectal surgery in the Philippines.