Janette Garin

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Janette Garin
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health
Assumed office
February 17, 2015[1]
President Benigno S. Aquino III
Preceded by Enrique Ona
Former 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 42)
hindi matagpuan
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Occupation Politician
Profession Physician
Religion Roman Catholic

Janette L. Garin, MD (born December 11, 1972) is the current Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health.[2] She was the Representative of the 1st District of Iloilo and former provincial board member of Leyte. She is a member of Lakas–CMD and a physician.

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 the St. Luke's College of Medicine. At the same time she served the Province of Leyte as a Board Member. 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). Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Member Information: 14th Congress: Janette Garin". House of Representatives: Philippines. Retrieved 4 December 2010.