Ted Herbosa
Herbosa in 2023
30th Secretary of Health
Assumed office
June 5, 2023
PresidentBongbong Marcos
Preceded byMaria Rosario Vergeire (OIC)
Personal details
Teodoro Javier Herbosa

(1959-05-06) May 6, 1959 (age 64)[1]
SpouseGrace Ann Herbosa
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines Diliman (BS)
University of the Philippines Manila (M.D.)

Teodoro Javier Herbosa[2] (born May 6, 1959) is a Filipino physician who serves as the Secretary of the Department of Health of the Philippines since June 5, 2023.


Herbosa is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in biology in 1979 and finished his studies in medicine in the same university by 1983. He would accomplish an international diploma course in emergency and crisis management from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and finished his post-graduate studies at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel Aviv University in Israel.[3]


Department of Health

Undersecretary (2010–2015)

Herbosa was undersecretary at the Department of Health (DOH) from 2010 to 2015. He was involved in the formation of the Hospital Accreditation Commission, the modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, as well as the promotion of public-private partnerships in the health sector of the Philippines.[4]

Secretary (2023–)

Herbosa would be appointed as Secretary of the DOH by Philippine President Bongbong Marcos on June 5, 2023, and took oath the following day.[5]

Herbosa's appointment is backed by the Philippine Medical Association, with whom he is a "life member", which endorsed him as secretary back in June 2022.[2] He is also supported by the Philippine College of Physicians shortly after his appointment in 2023. The Alliance of Health Workers meanwhile opposed his appointment on part of his support for privatization of government hospitals during his tenure as undersecretary which is in opposition to the group's advocacy of "free and quality health services" in public health institutions.[5]

He would apologize for what he "said before" which the media linked to his prior statements regarding community pantries and health worker protests.[6][7][8]

National Task Force Against COVID-19

Herbosa was a special adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, a government body formed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.[9]

He expressed anti-communist sentiments during his tenure.[3] He would allege that the community pantries initiative which was launched as a response to the pandemic to be linked to the Communist rebellion. He was criticized for "death by community panty" post in Twitter in reaction to a death of an old man lining up in a pantry in Quezon City for perceived apathy.[10] He would clarify that he is not against the concept of community pantries as long as the safety of people are taken care of.[11]

Herbosa in August 2021 would also receive criticism for another post honoring health workers on National Heroes' Day which specifically excluded those who opt to protest.[12]

University of the Philippines (2017–2021)

Herbosa was executive vice president of the University of the Philippines System during the administration of UP President Danilo Concepcion. He served the role from October 2017 to April 2021, shortly after he made a controversial remark on community pantries for "personal reasons".[13][14]

Personal life

He is married to Grace Ann Herbosa.[9]

He is also a descendant of Lucia Rizal Mercado, the sister of José Rizal, widely considered to be the Philippines' national hero, as well as a great-grand-nephew of Delfina Herbosa de Natividad, one of the three women who sew the first Philippine flag.[15]


  1. ^ "Board Meeting – May 6, 2017 – Happy Birthday Chairman Dr. Ted Herbosa!". Physicians for Peace Philippines. May 16, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Doctor, Mel Matthew (June 1, 2022). "Medical association endorses Ted Herbosa to be DOH secretary". GMA News. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Who Is Dr. Ted Herbosa, the New Department of Health Secretary?". Esquire. June 5, 2023. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  4. ^ Maralit, Kristina (June 6, 2023). "Teodoro named Defense chief, Herbosa to DoH". The Manila Times. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  5. ^ a b Sarao, Zacarian (June 6, 2023). "Herbosa as health chief draws both approval, disapproval". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  6. ^ Cheng, Williard (June 8, 2023). "DOH chief apologizes for 'things I have said before'". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  7. ^ "Herbosa apologizes for controversial statements". Rappler. June 8, 2023. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  8. ^ "Herbosa apologizes for controversial tweet, invites protesters to his office for peaceful discussion". Manila Bulletin. June 9, 2023. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  9. ^ a b Flores, Helen (June 7, 2023). "DND, DOH chiefs sworn in, get messages of support". The Philippine Star. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  10. ^ Casilao, Joahna Lei; Panti, Llanesca (April 24, 2021). "IATF adviser gets heat for 'death by community pantry' tweet, apologizes". GMA News. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  11. ^ "Dr. Ted Herbosa, nilinaw na hindi siya tutol sa community pantry" [Dr. Ted Herbosa, clarified that he is not opposed to community pantries]. RMN Networks (in Filipino). RadyoMaN Manila. April 26, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  12. ^ Malasig, Jeline (August 31, 2021). "Gov't adviser Herbosa's Heroes' Day tweet 'excludes' healthcare protesters". Interaksyon. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  13. ^ Bajo, Anna Felicia (June 5, 2023). "Gibo Teodoro, Ted Herbosa named secretaries of defense, health". GMA News Online. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  14. ^ Sarao, Zacarian (April 25, 2021). "UP Vice President leaves post after backlash on community pantry remark". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 10, 2023.
  15. ^ Herbosa, Teddy. "Our grand aunt eldest sister of our grandfather Delfina Herbosa Natividad was one of 3 women who made the first Phil flag..." Twitter.
Political offices Preceded byMaria Rosario Vergeire(Officer in Charge) Secretary of Health 2023–present Incumbent Order of precedence Preceded byGilbert Teodoroas Secretary of National Defense Order of Precedence of the Philippinesas Secretary of Health Succeeded byAlfredo Pascualas Secretary of Trade and Industry