Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that she is ready to become the next secretary of the department if she is appointed. 

Being DOH officer-in-charge for the past six months, Vergeire said that she has seen a lot of opportunities where she could spearhead reforms.

“Nung nakita ko ‘yan, nakita ko ‘yung oportunidad. Sa tingin ko, sabi ko nga, mukhang this would convince me to really take on the position,” she said.

“Sa tingin ko ngayon with all these things happening at sa lahat lahat ng trabahong kailangan gawin for us to really improve on our healthcare system, sa tingin ko, this is the appropriate time for me to help the country,” she added.

Previously, Vergeire showed her hesitation to become  DOH secretary, noting that she wanted to continue serving the public even after more than a six-year term or until she retires.

However, the OIC said that her dedication to serve the country prevails. 

“The hesitancies will always be. There are a lot of issues, there are a lot of considerations, but syempre mananaig pa rin kung ano talaga ‘yung gusto mong gawin. Sa tingin ko, I’ve reached that point na ito na ‘yung time para makatulong talaga ako para sa ating bansa,” she said.


Ronald Espartinez