The Armed Forces of the Philippines announced the appointment of Colonel Fatima Claire Navarro as its first female Surgeon General.
AFP chief-of-staff General Cirilito Sobejana said, “The AFP congratulates Colonel Navarro as she assumes one of the most critical positions that will lead the military organization in the comprehensive delivery of health services to our soldiers and our people.”
The President approved Navarro’s appointment following the recommendation of the AFP Chief of Staff and Board of Generals.
Navarro took over as the 56th Surgeon General in a ceremony on June 30 in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Her assumption of office coincided with the retirement ceremony of her predecessor, Colonel Nelson Pecache, who retired after 30 years in the military service.
Navarro is the former head of the V. Luna Medical Center and served as chair of the Hospital Infection Control Committee from 2009 to 2020.