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Paulynn served as Secretary of Health from July 1 2016 to Oct. 10, 2017. She literally rose from the ranks where she started as Rural Health Practice Volunteer in Kidapawan, North Cotabato in 1988. Her work and experience in public health spans 29 years.

Within those years, she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Women of Cotabato City. In 1989, she became one of the youngest Assistant City Health Officers and in 1991, she moved to DOH Central Office working first with Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI).

Moving forward she has served in several capacities, as follows;

  • As DOH Assistant Regional Director in Region 6 and Regional Director in Regions 9 & 11 before she became Assistant Secretary of Health in 2008.

Some of the programs and projects she headed are, as follows;

  • Head of Polio Eradication Unit
  • Founding Program Manager of Sentrong Sigla Movement
  • Founding Program Manager of Women’s Health and Development
  • Gender and Development Focal Person of DOH
  • Steering Committee Chair of the Red Orchid Awards (the Search for 100% Tobacco-Free Environment for LGUs, GOs & Gov’t Hospitals)
  • Head of Task Force for Performance Governance System and Social Dialogue
  • Vice Chair of Integrity Management Committee
  • Permanent and Alternate Representative of DOH to various Inter-Agency Committees
  • Expertise in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health

Mr. Poblador is the Managing Partner and principal litigator of the Zamora Poblador Law Offices. He obtained his Master of Laws in 1989 at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and his Bachelor of Laws, Magna Cum Laude (Class Valedictorian) in 1983 at the College of Law, University of the Philippines, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Philippine Collegian in 1982-1983 and, concurrently, the Editor-in-Chief and chairman of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal. Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1984, he specializes in civil, commercial and corporate litigation, corporate and securities law, special projects, and business organization and reorganization. He also has extensive experience in public interest law, handling high-profile political and constitutional lawcases. He has been chosen by Asia Law Profiles, a Euromoney publication, as a leading litigation lawyer in the Philippines. He has served as director, chief legal counsel and corporate secretary of various corporations.

Chorie is currently Associate Professor and College Secretary of the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Public Health. She has over a decade of experience in public health and community nutrition work with the Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines. She has almost 15 years of experience in planning and management of national and sub-national health and nutrition programs of the Department of Health in  cooperation with International funding agencies (USAID, UNICEF, Helen Keller International, Asian Development Bank , World Bank) and other NGOs (Nutrition Center of the Philippines, CARITAS Manila, Philippine Health Science Institute).

Janimah is a doctor of medicine and an epidemiologist. She is presently the Assemblywoman First District, Lanao del Sur in the Autonomous Region of Muslin Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Legislative Assembly. Prior to that she was Assistant Regional Secretary of Department of Health-ARMM. She is married to Dr. Lampa Pandi, the municipal mayor of Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

Millie is currently the president of Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation, an NGO that provided relief and rehabilitation support to the Visayas after Typhoon Yolanda through the delivery of more than 4,000 boats for fishermen who lost their boats, the provision of close to 400,000 instant porridge meals, and the enrollment of 2,600 children of afflicted families with a 6-month daily nutritional support program. To date, the organization has supplied more than 3 million instant porridge meals for infants and toddlers in emergency relief and feeding programs and has constructed classrooms in public schools. Millie is also the president of Suntown Camp Foundation which provides a range of support programs to children with cancer and other terminal illnesses, including their siblings and their parents. In 1995, Millie received the TOWNS (Ten Outstanding Women in Nations Service) Award for her pioneering work with small and medium-scale productive enterprises in 20 poorest provinces in the Philippines.

Vlad is currently the Chief Executive Officer of a development non-government organization that strives to bring durable and integrated transformation in communities; putting children’s protection, survival, participation and development at the core. He also teaches at the Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Public Safety College. He is a former City Administrator and Legislator of a Local Government, with more than 15 years of public sector experience. His educational credentials include: Master in Public Management from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government/National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Master in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines; Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from UP School of Urban and Regional Planning; and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines. He is currently a Ph.D candiate of the National Sunyat-Sen University (Taiwan).

Jomar has worked in several projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development, Australian Agency for International Development, PATH, Family Health International, Management Sciences for Health, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the European Union and UNFPA. He has managed projects in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines and a fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Southern California, University of Hawaii, National University of Singapore, and Curtin Technical University. He has also received local and international awards as a playwright, documentary filmmaker and social activist.