Vergeire Says She’s Open To Be Appointed As Health Secretary

Vergeire: “Let us just try to see kung ano ang kakahinatnan.”

MARIA ROSARIO VERGEIRE — The officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Department of Health (DOH) said that she’s open to be appointed as new Health Secretary.

DOH Officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire
Photo source: Manila Bulletin

During a press briefing last July 20, Vergeire expressed openness if ever she’ll be assigned as the next DOH chief. She also said that she’s focusing her attention on serving the public as the state health agency’s officer-in-charge for now.

Let us just try to see kung ano ang kakahinatnan. We are all always praying kung ano po ang ating mapupuntahan,” she said. “Tuloy-tuloy lang po tayo. Let’s take a day at a time. Gagawin po natin lahat ng kailangan gawin for us to deliver itong mga commitments natin para sa ating mga kababayan.

According to her, she will continue to support the Marcos administration and will continue to give 100% commitment to serve the public.

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Manila Bulletin reported that some senators lauded the appointment of Vergeire as the state health agency’s officer-in-charge. In response, Vergeire expressed her gratitude to those who are supporting her.

Meanwhile, the DOH OIC said that Health Assistant Secretary Nestor Santiago has been designated as the new incident manager of NVOC (National Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center). She described him as “very much capable”, but she said that Santiago will still directly report to her.

Vergeire added that she will still remain as the DOH spokesperson, but she assigned DOH Director Dr. Beverly Ho as her assistant spokesperson.

I designated Dr. Beverly Ho as my assistant or deputy, as being the assistant spokesperson. Kapag hindi ako available, she will do the task, so we can continuously inform the public,” Vergeire said.

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