Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial administered last week the oath of office to Dr. Roy B. Ferrer and Dr. Roberto M. Salvador Jr. as the new members of the board of directors of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) at the government-run health agency’s head office in Pasig City.
Ferrer takes over from Karen Ida Villanueva as representative of the employers’ sector, while Salvador replaces lawyer Noel Palomado as representative of PhilHealth members in the formal economy.
Ferrer is a BS Biology graduate from the Ateneo de Davao University and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Davao Medical School Foundation. He has a Master of Science degree in Internal Medicine, Major in Diabetology, from the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center–Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation.
From 2000 up to his appointment as PhilHealth board member, Ferrer was a medical consultant at the Ricardo Limso Medical Center in Davao City. He worked as a medical specialist from 1993 to 2009, and as Medical Officer IV at the Davao Medical Center from 1997 to 1999.
He was the president and chief executive officer of Central Lab Diabetes, Wellness, Heart and Kidneys Inc., and eventually became its chief finance officer.
He is a fellow and president of the Davao Chapter of the Philippine Society of Medical Specialists in Government Service, an affiliate society of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA). For four years, he also served as a board member of the Davao chapter of the Stroke Society of the Philippines.
Salvador earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Manila Central University-FDTMF in Caloocan City. Before he was appointed as PhilHealth board member, he was a medical officer at the Bureau of Quarantine of the Department of Health.
Earlier, he was a medical consultant for adult and pediatric infections and tropical diseases at the Castro General Hospital and Sto. Nino General Hospital, both in Bulacan province; the Sagrada Familia General Hospital in Pampanga province; and St. Lazarus Medical and Surgical Clinic in Sta. Cruz, Manila.