Dr. Janette P. Loreto-Garin
Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin is a physician and was a state legislator for 9 years, shepherding the Magna Carta for Women, Cheaper Medicines Law, and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law among many others.

She was trained as a medical technologist and after medical school had a background on Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for public health, specifically that of women and children, led her to Masters Degree in Business Administration focused on healthcare systems.

Her understanding the plight of women, children, the elderly, and the less privileged drives her to ensure that legislation and executive prerogatives are in step in materializing health measures that will lead Filipinos to enjoy quality lives. As a champion of reproductive right of Filipinos, she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Inspiring People of the World by Women Deliver in 2011.

A front liner in advancing the advocacy on maternal health and child mortality in order for the Philippines to attain its MDG commitment, Secretary of Health Janette Petilla Loreto-Garin, a medical doctor who trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology,  successfully championed the passage of the Cheaper Medicines Act, the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, Amendment to the Physicians Act and other key health measures in the Philippine Congress.

Secretary of Health Janette L. Garin has dedicated her life to excellence. She graduated cum laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at the Divine Word University in Tacloban City.  She was an academic scholar and a consistent topnotcher of the Dean’s List of the St. Luke’s College of Medicine and a Silver Medalist for her course in MBA Health at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Secretary Garin’s medical experience led her to understand the plight of women children, elderly and the less privileged, and continues to commit herself to use the political power delegated to her to push for health measures that would lead Filipinos to enjoy quality lives.

Secretary Garin was elected Representative of the 1st District Iloilo to the House of Representatives in 2004. In her first term as legislator, she was elected as the first Filipino board member of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB). In her second term, she served as the Deputy Majority Leader of House of Representatives and on the 15th Congress (her last term), she served as the Senior Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and was also then the Senior Vice-Chair of the Committee on Population and Family Affairs, as well as the Committee on Health.  As a legislator, she steadfastly advocated for various health and women’s issues.

Her performance in Congress facilitated recognition in various government sectors and NGOs where she became one of the most sought after speaker, resource person, debater and lecturer, both in the Philippines and abroad. She then became a Board Member of the Philippine Legislators on Community and Population Development and became a regular presenter to the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. Further exposure into the International Community prompted her to be chosen by Women Deliver, a New York based organization, as one of the Top 100 Inspiring People of the World, together with several prominent world leaders.

Recently, she was appointed Secretary for the Department of Health after a previous appointment as Acting Secretary and before that as Undersecretary for the Women, Children and Family Health Cluster of the Department. Her shift from the legislative to the executive equips her with experience, wit, and tested dedication to make a difference.

A woman of wit and humor, Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin will forever remain a doctor by heart.

 

Term: 
December 2014 - June 30, 2016
Short Description: 

Health Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin is a physician and was a state legislator for 9 years, shepherding the Magna Carta for Women, Cheaper Medicines Law, and the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law among many others.

She was trained as a medical technologist and after medical school had a background on Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for public health, specifically that of women and children, led her to Masters Degree in Business Administration focused on healthcare systems.

Her understanding the plight of women, children, the elderly, and the less privileged drives her to ensure that legislation and executive prerogatives are in step in materializing health measures that will lead Filipinos to enjoy quality lives. As a champion of reproductive right of Filipinos, she was chosen as one of the Top 100 Inspiring People of the World by Women Deliver in 2011.

Educational Background: 
Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine, 2000
Iloilo Doctor’s College of Medicine- Internship
St. Luke’s College of Medicine
Consistent Topnotcher, Deans’ List
Post- Graduate Internship – Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital
Awarded Best Intern

Tertiary

Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, 1993
Divine Word University in Tacloban City
Class Valedictorian
Cum Laude

Secondary

Franciscan College of the Immaculate Concepcion, 1989
Salutatorian
Exemplary Award in Math and the Sciences

Elementary

Franciscan College of the Immaculate Concepcion, 1985
Second Honors

 

Post-Graduate Education: 
Post Graduate Studies

Master in Business Administration - Health, 2011
Ateneo Graduate School of Business
Silver Medalist

 

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