Field Notes

List of Filipino doctors who died while serving during the coronavirus pandemic (Names still being updated…)

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(Photo by Aaron Favila/Assocated Press)

20 March – Dr Henry Fernandez – Doctor from Bayambang Town in Pangansinan Province

21 March – Dr Israel Bactol – Philippine Heart Center fellow

21 March – Dr Rose Pulido – Oncologist at San Juan de Dios Hospital in Pasay

22 March – Dr Gregorio Macasaet III – Anesthesiologist at Manila Doctor’s Hospital

24 March – Dr Raul Jara – Top Philippine cardiologist and internist

24 March – Dr Marcel Jaochico – Pampanga provincial health chief

25 March – Dr Francisco Siy Lukban – Geriatric cardiologist at the Philippine General Hospital

26 March – Dr Sally Gatchalian – Philippine Pediatric Society president

*26 March – Dr Raquel Seva – Obstetrician and gynecologist at a hospital in Laguna – Earlier reported as COVID-19 fatality but later tested negative according to her employer

28 March – Dr Helen Tudtud – Pathologist at Vicente Sotto Hospital in Cebu

*29 March – Dr Cenover Nicandro Bautista – Mandaluyong City Medical Center – Died during medivac operation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

30 March – Dr. Janette Dancel Liban – National Kidney and Transplant Institute

31 March – Dr Leandro Resurrecion III – Head of Pediatric Division PCMC

31 March – Dr Dennis Tudtud – Oncologist at Vicente Sotto Hospital in Cebu

31 March – Dr. Marcellano Cruz – East Avenue Medical Center/Ospital ng Maynila

XX March – Dr Hector Alvarez – Novaliches District Hospital

4 April – Dr Raldy Goco – St Luke’s Hospital – Department of Nuclear Medicine

6 April – Dr Mary Grace Lim – Asian Hospital and Medical Center

6 April – Dr Dino-Ezra Hailil – Ateneo de Zamboanga School of Medicine

11 April – Dr Ephraim Neil Orteza – Pediatrician at Ospital ng Paranaque

19 April – Dr Wilbur Jan Robert Demafiles – Manila Doctor’s Hospital physician

7 July – Dr Reino Palacpac – Pediatrician from Justice Jose Abad Santos hospital

10 July – Dr Regina Uy-Alegado – De La Salle University Medical Center

23 August – Dr Kathlynne Abat Senen – UPCM/PGH infectious diseases expert

Filipino doctors who served abroad (Still updating…)

22 April – Dr Arthur Tayengco – OB-GYN in Las Vegas, USA

17 June – Dr Manuel Bellosillo – Seventh-day Adventist missionary doctor (Died in Cameroon)


*29 March – Conrado Tomeldan – Died during a medivac plane crash at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

1 April – Arvin Pascual – Served as a nurse at a hospital in Nueva Ecija

(As of Thursday, August 23, 2020)


(As of Friday, April 10, 2020)


YEAR 2019

31 December – China informs WHO about a cluster of mysterious pneumonia cases

YEAR 2020

04 January – Alarms raised as pneumonia outbreak infects dozens in China

11 January – China records its first coronavirus death

13 January – Thailand reports first coronavirus case outside of China

20 January – China confirms human-to-human transmission of coronavirus 

23 January – China locks down Wuhan; later expands order covering Hubei Province

29 January – Duterte: No ban on flights to and from China 

29 January – Health chief warns of diplomatic repercussion of ban on tourists from China

30 January – WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency

30 January – First case of coronavirus reported in the Philippines

31 January – Duterte’s issues flight ban, but order limited to Wuhan; VP calls for total ban

02 February – Philippines reports first coronavirus death – the first in the world

10 February – Duterte: I will ‘slap’ that ‘idiot’ coronavirus; gov’t ‘on top of the threat’

09 March – Amid coronavirus threat, Duterte says he is ‘ready to die’

12 March – Duterte announces lockdown of Metro Manila starting 15 March

13 March – Duterte tests negative of coronavirus

15 March – Chaos in Manila as lockdown takes effect

17 March – Duterte expands lockdown whole Luzon; other cities impose local quarantine

19 March – Philippine health secretary goes into self-quarantine after possible exposure

22 March – Duterte asks for Congress for special powers

25 March – Duterte signs law giving him special powers amid the coronavirus crisis

07 April – Duterte extends the lockdown of Luzon until April 30