Duque assumes CSC post on Thursday, January 14

January 13, 2010 10:33 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 13 –- Newly-installed Civil Service Commission chairman Francisco Duque III is all set to assume office on Thursday, January 14, 10:30 a.m. at the CSC Central Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Duque replaced Secretary Ricardo Saludo who is now with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Commission (PRRC).

Duque was sworn in by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday in Malacañang Palace together with more than 10 new appointees, including four Associate Justices, as well as awarded outstanding policewomen.

Born on February 13, 1957 in Manila, Duque started as director at the University of Pangasinan from 1989-1999; then as Medical Director at the Doctor's Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in Veterans Village, Parañaque City from 1996-1999, among others.

He became undersecretary at the Department of Health (DOH) from March 2 to June 17, 2001.

In June 2001 President Arroyo appointed him as President and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Under Duque’s leadership, PhilHealth successfully implemented the enrollment of 5.9-million families or 29,901,890 beneficiaries under the GMA Sponsored Plan5-25 Program of 2004.

He became Cabinet Secretary in October 11, 2004 and appointed as secretary of Health on June 1, 2005, having been confirmed by the Congressional Commission on Appointments on June 11, 2008.

Duque finished his Bachelor of Science at the University of Santo Tomas in 1978. He finished his Doctor of Medicine also at the same university in 1982; his Master of Science at Georgetown University in 1987.

He undertook an Immunology Scientific Training at Georgetown University School of Medicine from 1985-1988. He also took his Post-Graduate Course, Executive Education on Health Program Management at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Graduate School of Management in 1992.

Duque is married and has five children. (PNA)V3/JCA

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