Food and Drug Administration (chief Eric Domingo has resigned from his post effective Monday, the Department of Health (DOH) announced.

“We confirm the resignation of FDA Director General Eric Domingo,” the DOH said in a Viber message to reporters.

Domingo became chief of the FDA In February 2020, when he was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte after nine months of being the agency’s officer in charge.

In a message to the Inquirer, Domingo said he had done his part during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I believe I did my part to help during the pandemic. The FDA is now stronger, more efficient and systems are in place. It’s time for me to move on to other things,” Domingo said.

FDA Deputy Director General Dr. Oscar Gutierrez was assigned officer in charge, the DOH said.

The FDA is in charge of regulating the vaccines for use in the country amid the pandemic, among other regulation tasks.

It has approved the following Covid-19 vaccines during Domingo’s term as director general:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)
  • ChAdOx1-S[recombinant] (Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca)
  • SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated [Coronavac]
  • Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac/Sputnik Light Covid-19 Vaccine
  • Janssen Covid-19 Vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S (recombinant))
  • Whole Virion, Inactivated Corona Virus Vaccine [Covaxin]
  • Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified) [Covid-19 Vaccine Moderna]
  • Covid-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated [Covid-19 Vaccine Sinopharm]
  • SARS-CoV-2 rS Protein Nanoparticle Vaccine [Covovax] John Ezekiel J. Hirro