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Minister of health in Philippines Enrique T. Ona

Philippines president Benigno Noynoy Aquino III announced his candidates for his Cabinet of President-elect today, choosing an American doctor for one of the positions. Norfolk, NE physician Dr. Enrique Ona has been chosen as the new secretary of the Department of Health. On his choice for Dr. Ona, he said, He has been instructed to expediting universal coverage of PhilHealth, which is one of our campaign promises. Dr. Ona is currently the executive director of the National Kidney and Transplantation Institute, and was apparently chosen because of his potential of being a complete alter ego in the health sector. Dr. Enrique Ona is a family practitioner in Nebraska. He completed medical school at the School of Health Sciences: University of the Philippines System in 1999. June 29th, 2010

Dr. Enrique T. Ona today assumes his new post as Department of Health Secretary. Sec. Ona solicited the support of all his DOH family to work towards the marching order of President Benigno Aquino III for universal Philhealth coverage in three years. Sec. Ona was the former Executive Director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute since 1998 and President of the Transplantation Society of the Philippines.

Enrique T. Ona minister of health in Philippines
Place of Birth Sagay City, Negros Occidental
Civil Status Married

Pre-Medicine and Bachelor of Science University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, 1957
Doctor of Medicine University of the Philippines Manila, 1962

Rotating Internship University of the Philippines
Philippine General Hospital, 1961-1962

Buffalo General Hospital
Buffalo New York, U.S.A. 1962-1963
Surgical Residency 1st yr.-3rd yr. Long Island College Hospital
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., 1966-1967

4th yr. (Chief Resident)
Long Island College Hospital
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., 1966-1967

5th yr. (Fellowship in Surgery)
Lahey Clinic, Boston, Massachusetts USA, 1967

6th yr-7th (Research Fellowship in Experimental Surgery)
St. Claire Hospital
New York, U.S.A. (John L. Madden) 1968-1969)

1973 Colombo Scholar in Organ Transplantation at Cambridge University (Addnbrookes Hospital), Cambridge, England (Prof. Roy Calne)

1983 Visiting Fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge University, Addenbrookes Hospital England

1968 Certified by the American Board of Surgery

1970 Certified by the Philippine Board of Surgery
MEDICAL LICENSURE Republic of the Philippines
State of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Current Positions

* Executive Director, National Kidney & Transplant Institute (1998-Present
* President, Maria Corazon Torres Javier Foundation (2009-Present)
* President, Transplantation Society of the Philippines (1989 to Present)


* Member, Editorial Board, International Venous Digest (1998)
* Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (1992)
* Editorial Consultant, Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties (1992)
* Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Philippine Medical Association (1987)
* Member, Editorial Board, Philippine Journal of Nephrology (1985)
* Associate Member, European Society for Organ Transplantation (1985)
* Member, International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery (since 1983)
* Member, National Research Council of the Philippines (1982)
* Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Board of Surgery (1975-2001)
* Fellow, American College of Surgeons (1973 to present)
* Member, Board of Governors, Philippine Board of Surgery (1971-2001)

Past Positions

* President, Transplantation Society of the Philippines (2001-2009)
* Vice-Chair, Maria Corazon Javier Torres Foundation (1991-2008)
* Member, International Relations Committee, American College of Surgeons (1999-2005)
* President, Kidney Foundation of the Philippines (1998 to 2004)
* President, Asian Society of Transplantation (1997-1999)
* Chairman, Organizing Committee, 5th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (1997)
* Governor, American College of Surgeons Philippine Chapter (1994-1999)
* Enrique Garcia Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Manila (1993-1997)
* Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, PGH Medical Center (1992-1998)
* Member, Board of Directors, Dugong Buhay Foundation (1991-2005)
* Chairman, Philippine Board of Surgery (1980, 1994)
* Founding President, Venous Forum of the Philippines (1993)
* Associate Editor, Philippine Textbook of Surgery, 1st Edition, JMC, Inc. (1990) President, Philippine College of Surgeons (1990)
* Vice-President, Philippine College of Surgeons (1989)
* Head, Division of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery National Kidney and Transplant Institute (1986-1998)
* Deputy Director for Medical Services, NKTI (1986-1992)
* Head, Division of Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, UP-PGH Medical Center (1986-1998)
* Secretary, Philippine College of Surgeons, Board of Regents (1985-1986)
* President, Philippine Society for Vascular Surgery (1981 to 2005)
* Council Member, Association of Surgeons of southeast Asia (1981-1983)
* Chief, Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital (1975-1985)
* Director, Medical Education, Medical City General Hosptal Pasig City (1975-1985)
* Professor of Surgery-College of Medicine, UP-PGH Medical Center (1973-2001)
* Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Journal of Surgery Specialties (1972-1982)

AWARDS RECEIVED (Past to Present)

1979 - Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee in Medicine (TOYM JAYCEES- Philippines)
1990 - Most Outstanding Alumnus, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines
1991 - Most Oustanding Son of Pagdian City, Zamboanga del Sur
2000 - Presidential Award of Recognition in Organ Transplantation Philippine Medical Association
2004 - Distinguished Service Award Philippine Medical Association
2007 - One of the Five Most Outstanding Filipino Physicians Awardee (Philippine Jaycees Club)
2010 - * Outstanding Health Research Award by Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, DOST, and DOH (*to be awarded tentatively on July 19, 2010)


* President, Valle Verde 3 Homeowners Association (1977-1980, 1994-1997)
* President, Valle Verde 3 Tennis Club
* Member, Rotary Club of Pasig
* Member, Philippine-British Society
* Past President, Medical Staff Organization, Medical CIty Genreal Hospital


* Commencement Speaker, UP Graduating Class of 2008
* Chancellor Alfredo T. Ramirez, M.D., Memorial Lecture (2008)
* Potenciano Baccay Memorial Lecture, University of the East 30th Alumni Homecoming (December 2000)
* Enrique Garcia Professional Lecture UP-PGH (1995)

List of Secretaries of Ministry of Health in Philippines

  • Alfredo Bengzon (1987-1991)
  • Antonio Periquet (1991-1992)
  • Juan Flavier (1992-1995)
  • Jaime Galvez-Tan (1995)
  • Hilarion Ramiro, Jr. (1995-1996)
  • Carmencita Reodica (1996-1998)
  • Felipe Estrella (1998)
  • Alberto Romualdez (1998-2001)
  • Manuel Dayrit (2001-2005)
  • Francisco Duque (2005-2010)
  • Esperanza Cabral (2010-2010)
  • Enrique Ona (2010-Present)

map of Philippines districts

The Philippines is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. As of March 2010[update], these were divided into 17 regions, 80 provinces, 138 cities, 1,496 municipalities, and 42,025 barangays. In addition, Section 2 of Republic Act No. 5446 asserts that the country has acquired islands from Sabah (formerly North Borneo).

Regional center
Ilocos Region Region I San Fernando , La Union
Cagayan Valley Region II Tuguegarao , Cagayan
Central Luzon Region III San Fernando , Pampanga
CALABARZON Region IV-A Calamba City , Laguna
MIMAROPA Region IV-B Calapan , Oriental Mindoro
Bicol Region Region V Legazpi , Albay
Western Visayas Region VI Iloilo City
Central Visayas Region VII Cebu City
Eastern Visayas Region VIII Tacloban
Zamboanga Peninsula Region IX Pagadian , Zamboanga del Sur
Northern Mindanao Region X Cagayan de Oro
Davao Region Region XI Davao City
SOCCSKSARGEN Region XII Koronadal , South Cotabato
Caraga Region XIII Butuan
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ARMM Cotabato City
Cordillera Administrative Region CAR Baguio
National Capital Region NCR Manila

Last update: 14 July 2010
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