Dr. Yolanda Robles, the Federation of Asian Pharmaceuticals Association (FAPA) President-Elect for 2019-2022, assumes the position of President by default, two years ahead of her official term, following the demise of its president, Mr. Mohamad Dani Pratomo. The FAPA Bureau in its special meeting on February 27th, 2021 expressed full support for Dr. Robles, UP College of Pharmacy professor and former dean, and officially announced the subsequent appointment of the bureau members to new positions as part of its continuity measures for the specified period:
Dr. Robles is the Immediate Former President of the Philippine Pharmacists Association (PPhA) and has served the organization for the last 14 years in various capacities. She received her baccalaureate pharmacy education from the University of the Philippines and her Master’s and PhD in Pharmacy degrees from the University of Tasmania in Australia. She served as the UPCP Dean for two terms (2001-2007) and is a former President of the Philippine Association of the Colleges of Pharmacy (PACOP) where she spearheaded curricular reforms.
She was the Chair of the CHED Technical Committee for Pharmacy Education in 2007. Previously, she was the President of two regional pharmacy associations – the Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy (AASP)and the Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
As President of PPhA, she had led the creation of pharmacy advocacy groups in various health areas including rational use of medicines, immunization, mental health, drug information services, wellness and medication adherence, among others. This, she prioritized to support the implementation of the new Pharmacy Law (R.A. 10918) in 2016. In addition to her University work, she had developed numerous Continuing Professional Development materials for pharmacy practitioners and pharmacy support workforce.
Through the years, she provided technical support to the government through the Department of Health committee work involving medicines such as the National Formulary Committee. National Antibiotic Guidelines Committee, Antimicrobial Stewardship Steering Committee, National Mental Health Technical Working Group and DOH Advisory Council. Dr. Robles’ research contributions are in the areas of health policy, pharmacy practice and education and had several local and international publications.
For her accomplishments and contributions, she had received significant international and national awards such as the FAPA Ishidate Award in Pharmacy Education in 2008, the UP Manila Centennial Excellence Award in Education and the Professional Regulation Commission Outstanding Professional in Pharmacy Award in 2016. (With reports from the UP Manila College of Pharmacy)