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23 June 1898

Creation of the Department of Public Works, Education & Hygiene (now the Department of Public Works &
Highways, Department of Education Culture & Sports, and Department of Health, respectively) through the
Proclamation of President Emilio Aguinaldo.

29 September 1898
Establishment of the Board of Health for the City of Manila under General Orders No. 15.

1899 - 1905
Abolition of the Board of Health and appointment of Dr. Guy L. Edie as the first Commissioner of Public

Act. No. 157 of the Philippine Commission - creation of the Board of Health for the Philippine Islands; it
also acted as the Board of Health for the city of Manila

Acts Nos. 307, 308 and 309-establishment of the Provincial and Municipal Boards of Health, completing
the health organisation in accordance with the territorial division of the Islands.

Act. No. 1407- (also the "Reorganization Act" ) abolition of the Board of Health and its functions and
activities were taken over by the Bureau of Health.

Passage of Act No. 1487 of the Philippine Commission repealing Act No. 307 wherein the provincial Board
of Health gave way to the Office of the District Health Officer

Passage of Act. No. 2156, so- called "Fajardo Act", which authorized the consolidation of municipalities
into sanitary division and established what is now known as the "Health Fund"

Changing of the name of the Bureau of Health to the Philippine Health Service, which was later on
changed to its former name.

Passage of Act No. 4007, also "the Reorganization Act of 1932", which created the Office of the
Commissioner of Health and Public Welfare, the Philippine General Hospital, and the five examining
boards (medical, pharmaceutical, dental, optical and nursing).

01 January 1941
Creation of the Department of Health and Public Welfare as provided for in Executive Order No. 317,
series of 1941. The Department was under the Secretary of Health and Public Welfare and also included the
Bureau of Quarantine; the health department of chartered cities; the provincial, city and municipal
hospitals; dispensaries and clinics, the public markets and slaughter houses; the health resorts; and all
charitable and relief agencies. However, the Philippine General Hospital was detached from the
Department and transferred to the Office of the President of the Philippines.

Reorganization of government offices under Executive Order No. 94, series of 1947 with the transfer of the
Bureau of Public Welfare to the Office of the President and the Department was renamed Department of
Health (DOH). Under this set-up were the following:

1972. The National Cancer Center and Radiation Health Service were created. Population Commission.24. in exchange for which the drug Inspection Division was transferred to the former office from the latter. and Management Service. certain changes were also effected thru the transfer of the Division of Health Education and Information from the Bureau of Health to the Department proper. Significant change: branching out of the Office of the Public Health Services to form the Office for Special Concerns. 1987 Another re-organization under Executive Order No. Attached offices were the Philippine Medical Care Commission. Special projects were highlighted like the NID. 1986 The Ministry of Health became Department of Health again. Hospital and Facilities Services. Bureau of Disease Intelligence Center. the Dangerous Drugs Board. National Micronutrient Campaign. National Schistosomiasis Control Council and the Tondo General Hospital.1950 Under Executive Order No. Traditional Medicine. Public Health Services. together with the Division of Biological Research and the Division of Food Technology from the Institute of Science. the National Comprehensive Maternal and Child Health / Family Planning Program. directly under the Office of the Secretary. 7160 or Local Government Code. and the National Schistosomiasis Control Commission. which placed under the Secretary of Health five offices headed by an undersecretary and an assistant secretary. Bureau of Dental Health Service. Standard and Regulations. 1958 The creation of eight regional health offices and two Undersecretaries of Health: the Undersecretary of health and the Medical Services and the Undersecretary of Special Services. 119. 1971 The creation of the Food and Drug Administration. Urban Health and Nutrition Project. National Nutrition Program. Standards and Regulation. s.1. The DOH changed its role from one of implementation to one of governance. and the conversion of the Division of Laboratories into an Office of Public Health Research Laboratory. pursuant to Presidential Decree No. Disaster Management. the Department of Health gained additional functions brought about by the transfer of the Institute of Nutrition. . "Let’s DOH It"! became a national battlecry. National Nutrition Council. The Ministry was divided into 12 regions covering several provinces and cities under a regional health director. 392. the Health Education and Manpower Development Service was created. Sept. Two big offices merged to become the Office of Hospital Facilities. and the Public Schools Medical and Dental Services from the Office of the President of the Philippines and the Bureau of Public School respectively to the DOH. 1992 Full implementation of Republic Act No. Within the Department of Health. the DOH was renamed Ministry of Health. 1950. These offices are the Chief of Staff. the conversion of the Section of Tuberculosis into a Division of Tuberculosis. among others. and the Bureau of Food and Drugs assumed the functions of the Food and Drug Administration. 1982 Under Executive Order No. 8. Malaria Eradication Service. 1972 Through Letter of Implementation No. Doctors to the Barrios Program. 851.

A major breakthrough was achieved in providing fiscal autonomy to 68 DOH retained hospitals with the approval of a special provision of FY 2003 GAA which authorized 100% retention and the use of hospital income for upgrading of health facilities and services. National Objectives for Health 1999-2004 was launched. 1999-2004 was launched. 2005 FOURmula ONE for Health (F1) was launched as the health sectors blue print for the implementation of reforms to bring about better health outcomes. strengthen the capacities of health regulatory agencies and expand coverage of the National Health Insurance Programs. synchronicity and focused targeting of priority public health programs that would provide the biggest impact to attaining equity. The HSRA was endorsed for approval and support by the National Government Agencies. Administrative Order 37 which contained the guidelines on the operationalization of the HSRA implementation plan was signed by Sec. The HSRA has become the major framework for policies and investments for the health sector . 2003 The One-Script Systems Improvement Program was established (AO 50. and partners in the international community. Province-wide Investment Plans for Health were developed in 16 provinces as the basis of F1 implementation in these sites. This states the Philippines objectives for the eradication and control of infectious diseases commonly affecting our people. promote the development of local health systems and ensure its effective performance. 2006 The Presidential Anti-Graft Commission recognized and awarded the DOH as the number one government agency in fighting corruption.1999 The functions and operations of the DOH was directed to become consistent with the provisions of Administrative Code 1987 and RA 7160 through Executive Order 102. The Health Sector Reform Agenda of the Philippines. . major chronic illnesses and injuries that compromise lives of the productive sector. It is also during this year that the 13 convergence sites or the advance implementation areas have been established. access and quality health care in the country. 2001 In July 13. It encourages promotion of healthy lifestyle and health-seeking behaviors to prevent or control certain debilitating illness and life-threatening diseases 2000 The year 2000 marked the institutionalization of the Health Sector Reform Agenda (HSRA). more responsive health system and more equitable healthcare financing. DOH also topped in the Pulse Asia 3rd Quarter Survey as the number one government agency in terms of overall performance. 2001. S. 2003) to orchestrate unity. national and local stakeholders in health. Manuel Dayrit. efficiency. secure funding for priority health programs. The reforms are: provide fiscal autonomy to government hospitals.