Secretary Alfredo Bengzon (1986-1992)
     April 30, 1987 - The Philippine National Drug Policy Program (NDPP) was announced by President Corazon C. Aquino during the Blessing of the Bureau of Food and Drugs at Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
     November 18, 1987 - MalacaƱang directed Secretary Bengzon to properly implement the National Drug Policy set forth in Executive Order Nos. 174 and 175.

August 18, 1987 - The National Drug Committee (NDC) was established by former Secretary of Health Alfredo R.A. Bengzon through the Administrative Order no. 46 s. 1988.
The Primary Objectives of the NDC are:
1. To ensure that safe, efficacious and quality essential drugs are made available, accessible and affordable to all Filipinos at all times.
2. Promote rational drug use.

     The  NDC shall be headed by a chairmn and composed of at least seven (7) technical experts on the following area:basic or clinical pharmacology, medicines, pharmacy or related fields.
     June 7, 1988 - Administrative Order No. 46 s. 1988 re:Organizational Arrangements to Implement the National Drug Policy (NDP) was signed by Secretary Alfredo R.A. Bengzon.
     September 13, 1988 - Republic Act no. 6675 otherwise known as the Generics Act of 1988, "An Act to Promote, Require and Ensure the Production of an Adequate Supply, Distribution, Use and Acceptance of Drugs and Medicines Identified by their Generic Names", was approved by President Corazon C. Aquino.


Philippine National Drug Formulary (PNDF)

1. PNDF Consists of three (3) volumes
    a. PNDF Vol. I - Essential Drug List
    b. PNDF Vol. III - Cross-reference Index
    c. PNDF Vol. II - Essential Drugs Monograph

2. Year of publication
    a. 1989 - PNDF Volume I, 1st Edition
    b. 1990 - Cross-reference index
    c. 1991 - PNDF Volume I, 2nd Edition


Secretary Juan M. Flavier (1992-1995)
     November 12, 1992 - Department Order no. 165-D s. 1992 Re: Reconstitution of the Membership of the DOH National Drug Committee.

The NDC still have the following functions:
1. Recommend the criteria to establish and update the National Drug Formulary, Which is a listing of drug products deemed necessary and desirable to be made available in the Philippines.
2. Recommend based on the approved criteria, the actual contents of the National Drug Formulary.
3. Review from a technical standpoint all decisions and regulations of the Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD) particularly those related to the approval, disapproval, withdrawal or restriction of drug products, prior to final action by the Secretary of Health.

January 21, 1993 - Executive Order no. 49 of 1993 signed by President Fidel V. Ramos, Re: Directing the Mandatory use of the PNDF Volume 1 as the basis for procurement of drug products by the government.

Year of publication:

1993 - PNDF Volume I, 3rd edition

1993 - PNDF Volume II, 1st edition - Essential Drugs Monograph


Secretary N. Reodica (1996 to 1998)
Year of publication :
1996 - PNDF Vol. I - 4th Edition1997 - PNDF Vol. II - 2nd Edition


Secretary Hilarion Ramiro (1995-1996)

Secretary Alfredo G. Romualdez Jr. (1998 to 2001)
     March 1, 2001 - Department Order no. 47-E s. 2001, Re: Renaming the NDC into the National Formulary Committee (NFC) and defining its structure and function.
The organizational structures and terms of office were changed.
1. Develop criteria for inclusion and deletion from the PNDF 
2. Recommend to the Secretary of Health the content of the PNDF using approved criteria.
3. Advice the Secretary of Health on other matters related to the PNDF.

Year of Publication
2000 - PNDF Volume I, 5th Edition