Juan Flavier is dead. The former Philippine senator and Department of Health secretary died of multiple organ failure. He was 79 at his death.
Wikipedia summarizes the work history of the "small but terrible" and well-respected public servant as follows:
Flavier became president of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement in 1967. From 1978 to 1992 he was President of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction.
In 1992, he was appointed by President Ramos to become Secretary of the Department of Health. He initiated various health programs such as Oplan Alis Disease, Kontra Kolera, Stop TB, Araw ng Sangkap Pinoy, Family Planning and Doctor to the Barrios Program. He served as Secretary of the Department of Health until 1995.
In 1995, he ran for senator under the administration ticket. He was reelected as senator in the 2001 elections, placing 2nd among the 12 winning candidates. In the senate, he has authored and sponsored landmark legislations such as the Traditional Medicine Law, the Poverty Alleviation Law, Clean Air Act, Indigenous People's Rights Act, Anti-money Laundering Act of 2001, Barangay Micro-Business Enterprise, National Service Training Program for Tertiary Students of 2002, Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Plant Variety Protection Act, Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 and the recently enacted Tobacco Regulation Act.
He is the author of the book entitled Doctor to the Barrios, wherein he narrates his experiences while working with and for the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. He is formerly a resident host of Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko of GMA-7.
According to reports, Flavier died at 3:55 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, due to complications brought about by pneumonia.
The former lawmaker, who became a member of the board of trustees of Philhealth and the SM Foundation until 2013, was admitted to the National Kidney Institute and remained in the Instensive Care Unit (ICU) of the medical facility from September 11, 2014 until his death.
"Juan Flavier dead" and "RIP Juan Flavier" were among the trending topics on social media Thursday night as Filipino netizens expressed their sympathy and condolences to his family.