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Dr. Jacobo Puno Fajardo



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Dr. Jacobo Puno Fajardo
(Jul 25, 1876 - Jul 23, 1941)

  • Distinguished physician, surgeon and public health pioneer.
  • Completed Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in 1906.
  • President of the Municipal Board of Health of Arayat, Pampanga
  • Deputy in the Philippine Assembly, 1909 - 1912 (2nd Philippine Legislature as representative for the 2nd District of Pampanga covering municipalities of Apalit, Arayat, Candaba, Mabalacat, Magalang, Mexico, Minalin, San Fernando, San Luis, San Simon, Santa Ana. Pampanga was divided into two legislative districts until 1972.
  • Author of the Fajardo Bill in 1912, which served as the foundation for the organization and efficient administration of public health services in various provinces and municipalities in the country.
  • District Health Officer of Negros Oriental, then Pangasinan and then assigned in Mindanao until 1921
  • Chief of Division of Provincial Sanitation in Manila in 1921.
  • Director of Bureau of Health (now Department of Health) in 1924 as second Filipino Director. As Health Director, he earned the distinction as a public health pioneer for his frequent inspections of health units across the country in order to stimulate activities in his fight against diseases in the country.
  • First Filipino physician to receive a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. This grant gave him the opportunity to travel to the USA and Europe as part of his research and study on public health.
  • Philippine representative to the annual convention of American Public Health Association held at Minneapolis.
  • Philippine representative to the convention of the Southern Islands Medical Association held in Miami, Florida in 1929.

Jacobo Fajardo completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 1891. He married Antonia Jacinto on July 30, 1900 while pursuing medical studies at the University of Santo Tomas. He had joined the government health service as early as 1902 while still a student.

Jacobo Fajardo passed away on July 23, 1941 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois where he was treated for his cancer. His body was brought back to Manila in a coffin. Below is a picture of Jacobo on July 10, 1941 while he was confined at St. Luke's Hospital. The picture was provided by his granddaughters, Cielo Esquivel and Christy Puno.

At St. Luke's Hospital

Jacobo Fajardo (July 10, 1941) at St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
with son, Demetrio Fajardo (in dark suit)

Lealtad, a street in Manila was renamed Jacobo Fajardo in his memory.

A mosquito species, "fajardoi" was also named in memory of Dr. Jacobo Fajardo.

Below are some of his publications and some relevant weblinks:

Report of the Philippine Health Service - 1929.
2 Volumes. Published by the Bureau of Printing, 1932.

Small Pox and Vaccination in the Philippine, British Medical Journal 1923

Legistrative Districts of Pampanga

Report of the Philippine Health Service - 1926
by Jacobo Fajardo, M.D.
Published in 1926, original from the University of Michigan

Institutions for the care of the distitute and the sick in the Philippines during the Spanish regime. History and progress of public health work in the Philippine Islands.
By: Jacobo Fajardo, National Library of the Philippines Catalog

American Journal of Public Health, Nov 1929

Notes on Philippine Mosquitos - Four New Species
by Baisas and Feliciano
The Library of University of Illinois, Urbana
Printed by Chicago Natural History Museum, May 13, 1953

National Historical Institute - www.nhi.gov.ph