Mita "Mamita" Pardo de Tavera, M.D.

Office of the President


- Former Social Welfare Secretary
- Philippine Medical Association Dr. Jose P. Rizal Awardee, 1994
- Executive Secretary, Philippine Tuberculosis Society
- Founder, Alay Kapwa Kilusang Pangkalusugan (AKAP)
- Chair, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office
- President, Philippine Cancer Society

Dr. Mita, fondly called "Mamita" by all who knew her, passed away on Tuesday, 23 October 2007 after a lingering battle with leukemia at the age of 87. Interment has been scheduled for Friday, 26 October, after the 1:00 P.M. Mass at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City.

She graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of the Philippines in 1944 and worked with the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTS). Later, she became executive secretary and led the organization until 1974.

In 1970, she founded the Alay Kapwa Kilusang Pangkalusuan (AKAP) which spearheaded the education, through preventive medicine, of impoverished communities with the help of volunteer health workers.

She was a militant activist during the Martial Law years and served as social welfare secretary in the Aquino administration.

She became Chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and President of the Philippine Cancer Society (PCS). In 1991, the PCS launched the Hospice Home Care Program where Dr. Pardo de Tavera focused on cancer-stricken persons given short term survival by their doctors.

In 1994, the Philippine Medical Association recognized her "outstanding community services and medical ethics” with the conferment of the PMA Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award.

In July 1995, Dr. Mita Pardo de Tavera turned over the Dr. Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera collection of her grandfather to the Ateneo de Manila University. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed between her and the Ateneo de Manila University represented by Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres; S.J. Previously housed in the Special Collections of the Rizal Library under the Filipiniana Section, the area became a separate section in October 2000. To date, the Pardo de Tavera collection has a total of 25 donors in the section and a total of 13,000 volumes of books, 1,500 manuscripts, 4, 500 correspondence and 639,000 photos.