Janette Garin

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Janette Garin
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Iloilo's 1st district
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
Preceded byOscar Garin, Jr.
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Preceded byOscar Garin, Sr.
Succeeded byOscar Garin, Jr.
Secretary of Health
In office
February 17, 2015[1] – June 30, 2016
PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III
Preceded byEnrique Ona
Succeeded byPaulyn Ubial
Personal details
Born (1972-12-11) December 11, 1972 (age 47)
Political partyNacionalista Party
Other political
Liberal (2010–2018)
Lakas (2001–2010)
Spouse(s)Richard S. Garin
EducationDivine Word University of Tacloban (BS)
St. Luke's College of Medicine
Iloilo Doctors' College (MD)

Janette Loreto Garin (born December 11, 1972) is a Filipino physician and politician who, since 2019, has been serving as the Representative for Iloilo's 1st District, a position she previously served in from 2004 to 2013. She was the Secretary of Health from 2015 to 2016 in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.[2] She is also a former provincial board member of Leyte.[citation needed] She was a member of Liberal Party before switching to the Nacionalista Party

She is married to Richard S. Garin, son of former Iloilo House of Representative Oscar Gemarino Garin and Ninfa Serag Garin.

As a congresswoman, she focused on various health issues such as curbing fraud in PhilHealth and amending the Physician's Act among others. She has also advocated for women's issues, including pushing for the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. She played an active role in the enactment of the Cheaper Medicines Law and the Magna Carta of Women.


Garin graduated cum laude with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at the Divine World University in Tacloban. She was an academic scholar at St. Luke's College of Medicine. She transferred and completed her Doctor of Medicine at the Iloilo Doctors' College. At the same time she served as a board member in the Province of Leyte. She also had two years of residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Iloilo Doctor's Hospital. She served as board member of the Province of Iloilo for 6 years.

Garin was elected as the first Filipino board member to the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank (PNoWB) during its Sixth Annual Conference held in Helsinki, Finland on October 21–22, 2005. She was re-elected to this post to the following conference in Paris. Garin has also represented the Philippines in various conferences conducted by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).


  1. ^ "Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin". Department of Health (Philippines). Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  2. ^ "Member Information: 14th Congress: Janette Garin". House of Representatives: Philippines. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
Preceded by
Enrique Ona
Philippine Secretary of Health
February 17, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Succeeded by
Paulyn Ubial