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During the first meeting of the elected Board of the Philippine Orthopaedic Association (POA) in 1972, the late Dr. Rodolfo C. Dimayuga as president, the idea of founding an independent examining body was considered. Such a body was envisioned to pass upon the proficiency and surgical competence of graduates of the residency training programs in Orthopaedic Surgery which at that time was being undertaken by the POA. It was suggested that as a separate body, the Philippine Board of Orthopaedics (PBO) will be an academic organization. The idea was to set forth the task of maintaining the high standards of orthopaedic training and education of the two institutions which were accredited at that time, the National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Philippine General Hospital.

The idea was enthusiastically approved and thus, the PBO was formed. The By-Laws of the new body was formulated and the initial set of officers from among the members of the current POA Board were elected. As a newly formed body, it sought official status by registering with the Securities and Exchange Commission which gave its approval on February 29, 1972.

The first to serve as its chairman was Dr. Rodolfo C. Dimayuga and the other officers were: Dr. Manuel T. Rivera, Vice-Chairman; Dr. Jose M. Pujalte, Secretary-Treasurer; Dr. Fermin M. de Leon and Dr. Antonio C. Acosta as members of the Board. The first official action of the Board was to announce that from thereon, graduates of orthopaedic residency training programs of the two institutions shall take the written, oral and practical examinations, a task which until then was administered by the POA for its prospective Fellows. Successful examinees were henceforth granted the title DIPLOMATE in Orthopaedic Surgery. The title Diplomate qualifies them to become Fellows of the POA.

Another important action of the Board was to automatically grant Diplomate titles to the incumbent Fellows of POA at that time under a grandfather's clause provided for in the By-Laws. Thus, Drs. Ambrosio F. Tangco, Buenaventura J. Canto, Jr., Benjamin V. Tamesis, Francisco N. Aguilar and Fermin M. de Leon and other senior orthopaedic surgeons were the beneficiaries of the promulgation.

Adapted from: PBO Greenbook 2nd Edition (1998)



Service Fees

The Philippine Board of Orthopaedics (PBO) is a non-profit organization. However, to defray the administrative expenses incurred in the course of its operations (e.g., employee salary, transportation expenses), fees need to be levied on certain services. Efforts are undertaken to keep this to a minimum.


Annual In-Training Program 25,000.00
Application Fee of New Training Program 50,000.00
ITE Exam [1st-3rd year] 3,000.00
Qualifying Exam [4th year] 4,000.00
Diplomate Exam 15,000.00
Diplomate Certificate 5,000.00
Foreign Registration Fees  
1st 3,000.00
2nd 4,000.00
3rd 5,000.00
4th 6,000.00

Transactions may be coursed through the PBO Secretariat.



PBO Greenbook

The PBO Green Book outlines the competencies and learning standards by which graduates of Orthopaedic Residency Training Programs in the Philippines would be assessed as having completed their training and at which they might be deemed ready for the award of the certificate of completion of training by their respective institutions.

The curriculum is produced to guide Orthopaedic Training by providing accessible information for both trainees and trainers, who are seen as its primary end users. It is also intended to provide guidance for other stake holders such as the general public, patients and the international orthopaedic community.

The current version is the 3rd Edition, approved last 07 August 2010 by the incumbent Board of that year, and first issued last 17 November 2010.

Third Edition Online Version now available

new! PBO Greenbook 4th Edition is now available for Download from this site.



Download the PBO Manual of Policies and Procedures 2010 (Version 1.1, Issued 16 April 2011)

The file below is the final draft of the PBO Manual of Policies and Procedures.

(1.8MB) PDF File. For viewing only.


Click on the link below to download the file (12MB).

PBO Greenbook 2ed.pdf
(12MB) You will need an Adobe Reader to open this file.



Download PBO Forms

From this page you can download forms used by the PBO. All forms are available in Adobe PDF (.pdf) and MS Word (.doc) formats. Choose the form that is appropriate for your needs.  

GUIDELINES. By default, clicking on the MS Word File (.doc) downloads the file to your default download folder. Look for it there. If you click on a PDF version, it opens in your browser. If you wish to retain a copy, save it in your preferred folder in your computer.

SECURITY NOTICE: All files have been scanned with McAfee and ClamAVanti-virus programs, with current virus definitions at the time of publishing.

New! Evaluation sheet for training programs
New! Evaluation sheet of Surgical case variety of numbers (for graduating residents)
New! Annual Reports for NEW APPLICANTS
New! Evaluation sheet for New Applicants (Accreditation)
New! Annual Report for ACCREDITED Orthopaedic Training Programs
New! Evaluation Sheet for DIPLOMATE Practical Exam

About this Site


Under the auspices of the 2009 Chairman of the Board, Dr. Ricardo C. Liwag, this PBO website was developed with the primary intention of improving information dissemination and communications with all stake holders of the PBO. A work in-progress, it first went live on 06 February 2009 and has been substantially completed September 2009. The original layout and contents have been authored by past trustee,Dr. Emmanuel M. de la Paz

DISCLAIMER: The PBO Website does not host or receive funding from advertising from third parties or other commercial entities. Links to external sites do no represent endorsement of the same, but are meant for informational purposes only.


EDITORIAL POLICY: All contents are edited by the webmaster, current PBO TrusteeDr. Jose Maria R. Coruna. Any comments or suggestions on how this site can help you better are welcome. 

If you have any concerns about possible factual errors, help us improve this site by emailing the webmaster (Dr. Boi Coruna).