Technical Working Group of the Philippine Senate Committee
Marilen J Danguilan, medical doctor, led the Technical Working Group of the Philippine
Senate Committee on Health that brought about the Generics Law, Magna Carta of Public
Health Workers, and The Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act. In 1991, she worked together
with a team from the Department of Health to draft the National Health Insurance Act of
Marilen went on to work with the WHO Western Pacific Region in FP/MCH; UNICEF
New York as Global Senior Adviser, Maternal Deaths; UNFPA New York as Senior Adviser,
Maternal Deaths, and the UN World Food Programme in the Philippines as Policy Adviser.
She is now the Country Director of Population Service Pilipinas Inc.
She completed her studies at the University of the Philippines; graduated from the De La
Salle Medical School; did her postgraduate studies in public policy at the London School of
Economics and Harvard Kennedy School of Government; and was a Takemi Fellow at the
Harvard School of Public Health.
She wrote two books: Making Choices in Good Faith: a challenge to the Catholic Church’s
Teachings on Sexuality and Contraception that won the National Book Award in 1993; and
Women in Brackets: A Chronicle of Vatican Power and Control in 1997, finalist in the National
Book Award in 1998. She just finished her third book, “Contentions and Compromises: how
the RH bill became law”.