Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral

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Terms: 
January 2010 – June 2010

On January 15, the Department of Health officially welcome a new health secretary - Dr. Esperanza I. Cabral.  At the turn-over ceremonies, she lauded the accomplishments of the department under the term of Sec. Francisco T. Duque III.  She also called on the DOH personnel to join her in her drive to reduce the inequities in the country's health services and to set the groundwork for the next administration in improving the entire Philippine healthcare system during the five-and-a-half months that she will be at the helm of the DOH.

Sec. Cabral is a renowned cardiologist and top-ranked physician.  She is a teacher, scientist and doctor, with countless hours spent tending to her patients, students and research.  A graduate of Medicine at the University of the Philippines, Dr. Cabral completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology at the Philippine General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Joslin Clinic in Boston.  She has also served as professor at the UP College of Medicine and Pharmacology, director of the Philippine Heart Center as well as Chief of Cardiology at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center.

Her distinguished and multifaceted career has been recognized with notable citations such as the National Outstanding Young Scientist for Medicine Award for 1981 by the Department of Science and Technology, the 1982 Achievement Award by the Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, the Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service Award for Medicine in 1986, and the First Dr. Jose P. Rizal Award by the Philippine Medical Association in 1991.

With more than 30 years of success and accomplishments behind her, Dr. Cabral moved on to head the Department of Social Welfare and Development  (DSWD) in 2006.  With her at the helm, the DSWD was rated as the country's top ranking government agency by the Pulse Asia's Ulat ng Bayan Survey with the highest approval rating for performance in the entire bureaucracy.  The DSWD also enjoyed the lowest disapproval rating among government agencies surveyed.  After more than three years as DSWD Secretary, Dr. Cabral continues her legacy of excellent service with her appointment as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH).  A tireless advocate, her personal exemplification of ideals and values she believes in is a source of inspiration for the many who have come to know her.