Janette Garin

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Janette Garin
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health
In office
February 17, 2015[1] – June 30, 2016
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Preceded by Enrique Ona
Succeeded by Paulyn Ubial
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Iloilo's First District
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
Preceded by Oscar Garin
Succeeded by Oscar Garin, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1972-12-11) December 11, 1972 (age 44)
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Occupation Politician
Profession Physician

Janette Loreto Garin, MD (born December 11, 1972) is a Filipino physician and politician. She held the post of Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health under President Benigno Aquino III.[2] Prior to joining Aquino's cabinet, she was the Representative of the 1st District of Iloilo and former provincial board member of Leyte. She is a member of Lakas–CMD.

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. At the same time she served as a board member in the Province of Leyte. She transferred and completed her Doctor of Medicine at the Iloilo Doctors' College. 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.