Dr. Francisco Duque III

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Terms: 
June 2005 – January 2010

Dr. Francisco T. Duque III finished both his undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Medicine at University of Santo Tomas. He finished Master of Science majoring in Pathology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA on 1987. He also attended Immunology Scientific Training in the Department of Microbiology in Georgetown University, School of Medicine.

After graduating, he went back to the Philippines and attended several post graduate courses on Planning and Managing Medical Education for the 21st century in the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation.

In 1992, he finished a post graduate course on Executive Education in Health Program Management in Harvard University, School of Public Health and Graduate School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

In 1988, he began his career as an associate professor in Lyceum FQD Medical Foundation, Department of Medicine and Pathology, College of Medicine. He continued his career in education and eventually became the Dean of Lyceum Northwestern FQD Medical Foundation, College of Medicine in 1989.

Duque became the director of University of Pangasinan, the president of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care in Makati Medical Center and Pangasinan Medical Center Inc. in 1990.

A year after, he assumed the position of administrator of Lyceum-Northwestern University General Hospital in Dagupan City and became the executive vice president and chairman of the board of Lyceum-Northwestern University. In 1996, he was elected as medical director in Doctors' Pharmaceuticals Inc., at Veterans Village in Parañaque.

In 1999, he was appointed by president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as director of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH).  After serving a year and a half, he briefly became Undersecretary of Department of Health  in 2001.  Until, in the same year, he became the president and chief executive of PHILHEALTH .

On June 1 2005, he officially became the 24th Secretary of Health. As an educator, civic leader, health care provider, scientist, administrator, executive and a bureaucrat, Secretary Duque has gained a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the health sector. He set his priorities on four agenda which he formulated, namely: 1) increasing investment for health; 2) ensuring universal access to essential health care; 3) assuring the quality and affordability of health goods and services; and 4) enhancing the performance of the health sector.

Secretary Duque called it as “FOURmula One for Health,” designed to undertake critical reforms with speed, precision and effective coordination directed at improving the efficiency, effectiveness and equity of the Philippine health system in a manner that is felt and appreciated by Filipinos, especially the poor.