The bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) will deliberate on Teodoro “Teddy” Herbosa’s designation as Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) on September 26, or three days before Congress closes session.
CA Assistant Minority Leader and Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel said the CA’s committee on health, chaired by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, will hold its confirmation hearing on Herbosa’s ad interim appointment on the last Tuesday of September.
The CA has also scheduled a caucus and a plenary session on September 26, according to Pimentel.
“Right now, the only presidential appointees awaiting confirmation are Secretary Herbosa and 13 newly promoted senior military officers,” Pimentel said.
Congress will close session on September 29 and adjourn from September 30 to November 5, before resuming session on November 6.
The Constitution empowers the 25-member CA to scrutinize the competence, suitability, and integrity of key presidential appointees, including Cabinet members, and to approve or disapprove these.
Under existing CA rules, an ad interim appointment ceases to be valid upon disapproval by the commission or, if not confirmed, until the next adjournment of Congress.
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. appointed Herbosa as DOH head on June 6.
Herbosa, 64, was DOH undersecretary from 2010 to 2015.
He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and took his post-graduate studies at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
Herbosa is the only Cabinet member still awaiting the CA’s nod.