Francisco Duque, III

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Francisco Duque III is the CEO and president of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH). He is also a former secretary of the Department of Health.


Early life and education

Francisco Duque III was born on 13 February 1957 in Manila.

He finished both his undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Medicine at University of Santo Tomas. He finished Master of Science majoring in Pathology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA on 1987. He also attended Immunology Scientific Training in the Department of Microbiology in Georgetown University, School of Medicine.

After graduating, he went back to the Philippines and attended several post graduate courses on Planning and Managing Medical Education for the 21st century in the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation.

In 1992, he finished a post graduate course on Executive Education in Health Program Management in Harvard University, School of Public Health and Graduate School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.


In 1988, he began his career as an associate professor in Lyceum FQD Medical Foundation, Department of Medicine and Pathology, College of Medicine. He continued his career in education and eventually became the Dean of Lyceum Northwestern FQD Medical Foundation, College of Medicine in 1989.

Duque became the director of University of Pangasinan, the president of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care in Makati Medical Center and Pangasinan Medical Center Inc. in 1990.

A year after, he assumed the position of administrator of Lyceum-Northwestern University General Hospital in Dagupan City and became the executive vice president and chairman of the board of Lyceum-Northwestern University. In 1996, he was elected as medical director in Doctors' Pharmaceuticals Inc., at Veterans Village in Parañaque.

In 1999, he was appointed by president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as director of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHILHEALTH). He became Undersecretary of Department of Health and was elected president and CEO of PHILHEALTH in 2001.

On 11 October 2004, he was given a position in the president's cabinet and a year later, he became the Secretary of Health.


Awards and recognition

  • Most Outstanding Rotary President, Rotary International (1993)
  • Rotarian of the Year Award, Rotary Club of Dagupan East (1994)
  • Most Outstanding Director, Rotary Club of Dagupan East/Rotary International District 3790 (1992)
  • Presidential Award, Rotary Club of Dagupan East for chairing the District Year-End Review (1995)
  • Paul Harris Fellow (1993)
  • Most Outstanding Jaycee President, Area I, Philippine Jaycees (September 1990)
  • Most Outstanding Chapter during the Presidency of the local Jaycees, Philippine Jaycees (September 1990)
  • Special Merit Award, Rotary Club of Dagupan East (1991)
  • 100% Attendance Award, Rotary Club of Dagupan East (1994-1995)
  • District Award for hosting PESETS II and Summer Youth Exchange (1992 and 1993)
  • Service Leadership Award, Pangasinan Medical Society (1990)
  • National Awardee of Audio Visual presentation, given by the Philippine-Jaycees (September 1990)
  • Certificate of recognition of Public Health Services, Philippine Jaycees (September 1990)
  • Most Outstanding Fraternity Plebe given by Zeta Beta Mu Fraternity, University of Sto. Tomas, College of Medicine (1978)

Personal life

He is currently married to Carolina Ablaza-Duque and they have five children.




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