President Benigno Aquino III who is satisfied with Janette Garin’s performance as Department of Health acting Secretary said he is planning to appoint her as DOH Secretary during Romblon Provincial Hospital building inauguration Friday.
Garin was designated to temporarily act as health secretary after Enrique Ona went on leave in the midst of the allegedly anomalous purchase of anti-pneumonia vaccines investigation.
Ona approved the purchased of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine 10 (PVC-10) instead of the reportedly more cost-effective PCV-13 in 2012.
According to Ona’s affidavit, “My decision to purchase PCV 10 has allowed the Philippine government to realize savings of P231,720,401.00 (P833,670,642.00 for PCV 13 vs. P601,950,241.00 for PCV 10) and also enabled the DOH to increase the original number of beneficiaries from 300,000 to 423,000 infants.”
Ona took a month-long leave from October 28 to November 27, 2014 then eventually resigned.