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Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. appointed Dr. Teodoro “Ted” J. Herbosa, MD as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) Monday.

Presidential Communications Office Secretary Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil  said that Herbosa “brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in healthcare systems, public health, hospital administration, emergency and disaster medicine.”

Herbosa’s career is long and distinguished including previously serving as an Undersecretary at the Department of Health from 2010 to 2015 contributing to various initiatives such as the Hospital Accreditation Commission, the modernization of the Philippine Orthopedics Center, and promoting Public-Private Partnerships in Health.


In addition, he served as the executive vice president of the University of the Philippines System from 2017 to 2021.

He was an adviser of former advisor for President Duterte’s national task force providing almost daily updates on the coronavirus outbreak from 2020 to 2021.

Dr. Herbosa obtained his medical degree from UP-Manila and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UP-Diliman.

Herbosa takes over the role from DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire who led the department for one whole year.

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