MANILA - Former Health Undersecretary Susan Mercado said her nomination as regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific is a great honor both for her and the Philippines.
"It is an honor to be nominated. It is a nomination of the country, so when we look at the way the leader for the region will be decided, they look at the individual, but they also look at the country," she told ANC.
Mercado also said the nomination breaks the glass ceiling for public health professionals like her who come from developing countries.
"I think this breaks the glass ceiling for the developing countries. For 38 years, this regional organization has only been headed by two countries, Japan and Korea. And being a woman, coming from the Philippines, from the ASEAN, it breaks the glass ceiling for so many young public health officials out there, or professionals out there who would like to be on the global stage and contributing to global health," she said.
Mercado had a 15-year stint at the WHO and previously served as the director for Non-communicable Diseases and Health in WHO's Regional Office for Western Pacific (WPRO).
Mercado obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree and completed her undergraduate (AB Philosophy) and graduate studies (Public Health) at the University of the Philippines.
The result of the nominations will be released in October.