Dr. Alberto Romualdez Jr., former Department of Health Secretary known for his having steered the health sector reform agenda died at 12:15 p.m., Friday.
He died at the Manila Doctors Hospital although the cause of his death was not revealed, according to media reports.
His death was confirmed by Assistant Health Secretary and spokesperson, Dr. Eric Tayag who immediately announced the news via Twitter.
Aside from being Health Secretary during President Joseph Estrada’s administration from 1998 to 2001, Romualdez was also recognized for pushing for universal health care and reproductive health.
Tayag said that it was Romualdez who officially recognized two-year training program for field epidemiologists as equivalent to Masters in Public Health.
Senator Pia Cayetano, who lobbied on health-related laws such as the RHLaw, Philhealth, Cheaper Medicine law, also expressed her grief on Romualdez’s death via Twitter.
Cayetano said that she was saddened by his demise as he was one of her mentors and even posted an old photo of herself with Romualdez.
“Day after day, week after week, he attended hearings and s[t]ay in the gallery, when we debated the RH Law on the Senate floor,” she said. PNA