Dr. Francisco Duque III

Our beloved Secretary completed his medical education from the esteemed Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1982. In 1987, he earned a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently excelled in the Executive Education Program of the distinguished Harvard University School of Public Health in 1992.

Assuming executive positions in various educational and civic institutions, he was awarded in 1993 the Most Outstanding Rotary President, District 3790. UST also honored him with The Outstanding Thomasian Alumnus Leadership (TOTAL) Award in the Field of Government Service in 2004; then the Albertus Magnus Science Award in 2007 by the UST College of Science for his achievements in Medical Science, Public Health and Stewardship of the National Health Insurance Program.

In 2006 and 2013, Pangasinan State University conferred him the degree of Doctor of Humanities and Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), respectively. In November 2007, he earned from the University of Mindanao a Doctor of Humanities degree. This recognition was anchored on breakthroughs made in health security.

He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Insurance Health Corporation, PhilHealth in short,  from 2001 to 2005, and later became the Health Secretary from 2005 to 2010. In October 2008, his transparent and successful handling of public health challenges as well as his excellent relations with the public and the media earned him the Communication Excellence in Organizations Award (CEO EXCEL Award) by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), an independent organization composed of media and public relations experts.

His five-year stewardship of the Department of Health was marked by breakthroughs and milestones in public health care which earned high approval and satisfaction ratings (Pulse Asia and SWS ratings, 2005-2009), and for the country, a World Health Organization citation for being one of only three nations with excellent risk communication strategies against AH1N1.

Appointed in 2010 as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, he lost no time in charting a brighter, better course for the bureaucracy. He was pivotal in developing the Commission’s Roadmap for Development and Reforms for 2010-2015, a five-year blueprint which spelled out the Commission’s priority programs for the country’s 1.4 million workforce.

As a milestone, he led the CSC towards achieving the highest ever public awareness, availment and satisfaction average rating of 98% among five (5) national government frontline service agencies in a Pulse Asia Survey conducted in the 4th Quarter of 2011, 1st Quarter of 2013 and 3rd Quarter of 2014. He steered the Commission onwards setting its vision of becoming “Asia’s leading Center of Excellence for Strategic Human Resource and Organization Development by 2030”.

In the adoption of the Performance Governance System (PGS), CSC has been awarded the Governance Trailblazer seal for four (4) times. First was for scoring 9.03/10 in the PGS Stage of Compliance revalida in 2011; then, for garnering high reporting scores during the Performance Governance Forum in March 2013, and for passing the PGS Proficiency and Institutionalization Stages in October 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Under his leadership, CSC passed the accreditation stage of the Investors in People (IiP) Philippines an international accrediting body that determines if an organization’s HR systems meet global standards. CSC is the first government agency in Southeast Asia to be IiP-accredited.  
He also challenged the status quo by backing the implementation of a Change Management Program, a deliberate, systematic, strategic and unrelenting process of cultural transformation within the CSC. Five HR programs were introduced and are expected to enable CSC to achieve its vision and core purpose.  These are: Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM), Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), Competency-Based Recruitment and Qualification Standards (CBRQS), the Leadership and Coaching Program, and the Competency-Based Learning Program (CBLP).

Also through his initiative, CSC was awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification for establishing a quality management system in three core functions namely, cases adjudication, examination administration, and appointments processing meeting international standards, and the Civil Service Institute (CSI) training service process. Recently, the accreditation and registration services for Public Sector employees’ organization has likewise been ISO Certified.

In September 2014, our speaker became the first government official to receive the People Manager of the Year in Public Sector (National Official Level) Award from the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), recognizing his work as an HR and OD visionary, manager, strategic HR partner, and change champion.

He continued his advocacy for good governance in the private sector when he was elected Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) in May 2015.  A month after, he was elected President of the Lyceum Northwestern University and President and Chief Executive Officer of Doctor's Pharmaceutical Incorporated.

Once a Lingkod-Bayan, always a Lingkod-Bayan. Government service again beckoned when he was appointed on February 15, 2017 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Chairman of the biggest public sector pension fund in the country, the Government Service Insurance System. Barely 1 year after his appointment as GSIS Chairman, Dr. Duque has been once again called to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health.

October 2017 - present | 1st Term : June 2005 - January 2010