Aquino to appoint Garin as Health chief


ROMBLON, ROMBLON: President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday said he plans to appoint Health Undersecretary Janette Garin as head of the Department of Health (DOH.)

“I am very satisfied with Secretary Garin. We will be putting in another undersecretary to help her,” Aquino told reporters

“Of course this is subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments,” he added.

The President said Garin’s appointment would be in order after Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines next week.

Garin was named officer in charge of the DOH after Secretary Enrique Ona went on leave late last year.

Ona resigned on December 19 after his leave was indefinitely extended by the President.

Garin, a doctor by profession, was a principal mover of the Reproductive Health Care and Cheaper Medicines laws.


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  1. PresiNoynoy can make the appointment now. Latin America knows that the current Jesuit Pope was in favor of healthy sex and spaced childbirth among couples. And just recently, the current pope – Pope Francis — even acknowledged his understanding that “…getting married inside a church” is not super-necessary when it comes to family (man, woman, child).