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Dr. Carmencita N. Reodica

DR. CARMENCITA N. REODICA, the current Secretary of Health, completed the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1962. In 1978, she became a fellow of the Economic Development Institute, WB-IMF and obtained her M.A. in Public Health from the UP College of Public Health. She also finished CESO II at the Career Executive Service in 1985.

Prior to her appointment as Secretary of Health, she was the Acting Secretary of Health from March 22 to April 7, 1996, a most trying time in the history of the department, and the Undersecretary for Public Health from 1995-1996. During this period her active involvement in health service was highlighted by serving as coordinator of the Primary Health Care Program, national coordinator of the National Generical Act, organizer of the National Capital Region's regional health office, Assistant Secretary for Special Concerns, an agency handling Maternal and Child Health Service, Nutrition, Family Planning, STD/AIDS, Women's Health and Dental Health; and Officer-in Charge of DOH-NCR from July 1986 to September 1992. Her leadership extends to programs outside DOH, being the Chairman of Task Force on Child Survival, Development and Protection; Chairman, AdHoc Committee on Development of Midwifery Law; Chairman, National Commission on the Role of Filipno Women from 1995 to present; National Coordinator of the 1994 World Aids Summit in Paris and Co-Chairman of the Philippine Delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Dr. Reodica is a project director of several foreign-assisted projects of the Department of Health such as the Women's Health and Safe Motherhood - (ADB, Aus-aid, Japanese Embassy, EU, World Bank), the Integrated Family Planning and Maternal Health Project; (US AID); Family Planning and Reproductive Health Project (UNFPA). Her awards include the 1995 Lingkod ng Bayan, the 1991 Outstanding UP Alumna (first awardee) and the 1995 Governor Isidro Rodriguez Memorial Award. She is also recipient of recognition awards given by the UP College of Public Health Society, the Manila Health Department, the Public Health Dentists' Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the Rizal-Metro Manila League of Family Planning Centers.


  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards
    Grand Alumni Homecoming '97 Souvenir Program
    March 7, 1997, Ballroom, Mandarin Oriental Manila