|Born:||June 23, 1935 in Tondo, Manila|
|Spouse:||Alma Susana Aguila Flavier|
Juan M. Flavier is a former Filipino senator and former Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH). During his term as health secretary, he launched projects such as Oplan Alis Disease, Kontra Kolera, Stop TB, Araw ng Sangkap Pinoy, Family Planning, and the Doctor to the Barrios Program.
Flavier is married to Alma Susana Aguila Flavier.
Early life and education
Flavier was born on 23 June 1935 to a poor family from Tondo, Manila. He worked his way through college and graduated from the University of the Philippines (UP) with a degree in medicine in 1960. He attained his masters degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University.
Early in his career, Flavier chose to be a doctor to rural communities in Nueva Ecija and Cavite, rather than starting a more lucrative medical practice.
In 1977, he presided over the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving quality of life in rural areas of the country by offering educational, livelihood, and health programs.
He also served as president (1978-1992) of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), an organization with the same founder and objectives as PRRM.
In 1992, President Fidel Ramos appointed Flavier to the Department of Health (DOH) as its new secretary, on the basis of his experience in public health administration with PRRM and IIRR.
Under Flavier, the Philippines was declared a polio-free country by the World Health Organization, as a result of his nationwide immunization campaign, Oplan Alis Disease. Flavier was behind progressive DOH programs on nutrition (Sangkap Pinoy), AIDS awareness, family planning, and rural health, along with campaigns against cholera (Kontra Kolera) and tuberculosis (Stop TB).
Flavier became a senator in the 1995 national elections where he ran under the Lakas-Kampi CMD party. As a neophyte senator of the 10th Congress, he aspired to concentrate on his job. He earned the distinction of having attended the most number of committee hearings. He also have incurred no absences from the Senate sessions. As a senator, Flavier authored legislature to promote public health care and improve quality of life for Filipinos. He penned the Traditional Medicine Law, the Poverty Alleviation Law, the Clean Air Act, and the Indigenous People's Rights Act.
He was re-elected in 2001. He placed 2nd among the 12 winning candidates and immediately went to work on the first day of the 12th Congress where he filed Senate Bills 1-166. He continued to be an advocate of health, environment, and development issues. He authored and sponsored the RA 9160 or the Anti-money Laundering Act of 2001, RA 9177 or Declaring Eid ul-Fitr as a National Holiday, RA 9178 or the Barangay Micro-Business Enterprise, RA 9163 or the National Service Training Program for Tertiary Students of 2002, RA 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, RA 9168 or the Plant Variety Protection Act, RA 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 and RA 9211 or The Tobacco Regulation Act.
Flavier served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography. As such, he pushed for reforms in health care delivery, health care regulation, and health care financing.
Flavier has written a number of books on his experiences working as a medical doctor for the rural reconstruction movements, and as a public servant.
- Doctor to the Barrios, Experiences with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, 1970
- My Friends in the Barrios, 1974
- Back to the Barrios: Balikbaryo, 1978
- Mobilizing Local Leaders for Rural development: The Case of the People's School, paper for IIRR, 1980
- Parables of the Barrio, 1991
- Let's DOH It! How We Did It, 1998
See Juan M. Flavier's available e-books at Vibe Bookstore.
- “Beginnings.” Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. http://www.prrm.org/aboutus.htm (June 23, 2010).
- “History of IIRR.” International Institute of Rural Reconstruction. http://www.iirr.org/index.php/aboutus/history (June 23, 2010).
- “Juan M. Flavier.” Senate of the Philippines 14th Congress. http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/sen_bio/flavier_bio.asp (September 27, 2013).
- “Doctor to the Barrios, Experiences with the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement”.Vibe Bookstore. (September 27, 2013).
- “Back to the Barrios: Balikbaryo”.Vibe Bookstore. (September 27, 2013).
- “Parables of the Barrio”.Vibe Bookstore. (September 27, 2013).