Enrique Ona

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Enrique Ona
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health
In office
June 30, 2010 – December 19, 2014[1]
President Benigno Aquino III
Preceded by Esperanza Cabral
Succeeded by Janette Garin
Executive Director of National Kidney and Transplant Institute
In office
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Succeeded by Aileen Riego-Javier
Personal details
Born (1939-06-04) June 4, 1939 (age 77)
Sagay, Negros Occidental, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater University of the Philippines
Occupation Surgeon
Government official
Profession Doctor
Religion Roman Catholicism

Dr. Enrique Tangonan Ona, Jr.[2] (born June 4, 1939) is a Filipino surgeon and public servant. He was the Secretary of the Department of Health from 2010 to 2014, succeeding Dr. Esperanza Cabral. Recognized as one of the top surgeons in the field of vascular surgery and organ transplantation, he earned his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.


Dr. Ona hails from Pagadian City. He is the son of the first Provincial Health Officer of Zamboanga del Sur.[3]

Before being appointed by President Benigno Aquino III to the Health secretary post, Ona was the executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI), the post he held for 11 years[4] and has been the president of the Transplantation Society of the Philippines since 1989. He also holds a medical license in the state of Massachusetts, United States.

Health Secretary[edit]

After being appointed to the Health Department post, president Benigno Aquino III has instructed him "with regard to expediting universal coverage of PhilHealth, which was one of the campaign promises of Aquino considering that health is the third priority in the platform of the Aquino administration."[4]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • The Presidential Award of Recognition in Organ Transplantation, Year 2000.
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee for Medicine in 1979.


  1. ^ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/658206/its-final-ona-quits
  2. ^ "PHI brods headline UPMAS Homecoming Ball 2013". Phi Kappa Mu. December 20, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The President's Men and Women: DOH chief to promote reproductive health". Philstar. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Profile of Aquino’s Cabinet members". Sunstar. 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
Preceded by
Esperanza Cabral
Philippine Secretary of Health
2010 – 2014
Succeeded by
Janette Garin