- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was voted as the chairperson of World Health Organization Western Pacific’s annual regional committee session
- He will lead 37 member-states for a year in formulating health policies and initiatives for the region
- Duque thanked the representatives for the trust and confidence they gave in electing him as chairperson
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was elected the chairperson for this year’s World Health Organization Western Pacific’s annual regional committee session.
Representatives of the 37 member-states of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Western Pacific voted for Duque to lead the committee session, where he will serve a term of one (1) year.
The committee, a governing body composed of health ministers and senior officials from Western Pacific member countries, meets annually to discuss and formulate policies and initiatives focusing on the region’s health issues.
The agenda this year includes: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization, ageing and health, safe and affordable surgical interventions, and the programme budget for 2022-2023.
In his remarks to the Regional Committee, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr. Takeshi Kasai said extended his congratulations to Duque.
“Congratulations to our Chair, Honourable Secretary Duque from the Philippines. Secretary, thank you very much for taking on this important role in this difficult time. We all know there are many other demands on your time,” he said.
Duque also expressed his appreciation for the trust and confidence in voting him as the Chairperson.
“The circumstances in which we meet this year are very different from last year when we came together to endorse the For the Future vision. Thank you for your continued commitment in implementing that vision in the time of COVID-19, as we work together to adjust to a ‘new normal’ and create a new future,” Duque said.
On Twitter, Duque also shared photos of the virtual session and wrote, “Thank you to the representatives of the 37 member-states of the WHO Regional Committee for Western Pacific for electing me as Chairperson of our 71st Session today.”