Realizing the importance of a strong, unified association of drugstore owners to serve the needs of its members, the customers, the manufacturers or suppliers, as well as the government. A core group of fifteen wholesalers, chain store operators and retailers, namely: Carlos Super Drug, Dyna Drug, Emilene’s Pharmacy, Farmacia Arsenia, Globe Pharmacy, Goodwill Pharmacy, Madis Drug, Marcelo’s Pharmacy, Merced Drug, New South Star Drug, Rose Pharmacy, Save More Drug, Surety Drug, 777 Pharmacy & Olympic Drug met with hopes of working together.
After a series of conferences, the original fifteen participants formally organized what now is known as the Drugstores Association of the Philippines (DSAP), having elected their initial set of officers on April 14, 1984 at the Quezon City Sports Club. The induction of the initial set of officers of theDSAP along with the charter members, was held at the Hyatt Regency Manila on November 29, 1984 with Catalina Sanchez, Director of the Bureau of Food and Drug (BFAD) as inducting officer. The newly inducted officers included Mr. Dioscoro Rodolfo of Merced Drug as President, Mr. Steve Dy of Dyna Drug as Vice President, Ms. Celia Carlos of Carlos Super Drug as Secretary, Mrs. Carmen Tan of Save More Drug as Asst. Secretary, Mrs. Celita Cabigao of 777 Drug as Treasurer, Mrs. Consuelo Dy of New South Star Drug as Asst. Treasurer, the late Mr. Artemio Vizconde of Marcelo’s Pharmacy as Auditor, Mr. Rodolfo Manalac of Olympic Drug as Asst. Auditor and Mr. Amador of Madis Drug as P.R.O.
The DSAP has participated in deliberations with the Department of Heath, BFAD, House of Representatives, Senate of the Philippines and other government agencies, as well as private offices & organizations.
The association also spearheaded several civic and humanitarian projects & training programs which seek to teach both new & old drugstore owners on the more modern operational methods courtesy of participating drug companies. Of course, the social affairs were never missing, for it was always in the spirit of camaraderie and friendship that the officers and members of DSAP continue its untiring task of uniting the thousands of drugstores all over the country.
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