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Office of the Executive Secretary
Presidential Management Staff
Office of the Presidential Spokesperson
Presidential Communications Operations Office
Department of Agriculture
Department of Agrarian Reform
Department of Budget and Management
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Environment and  Natural  Resources
Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs
Department of Health
Department of the Interior and Local Government
Department of Justice
Department of Labor and Employment
Department of National Defense
Department of Public Works and Highways
Department of Science and Technology
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Department of Tourism
Department of Trade and Industry
Department of Transportation and Communication
National Economic and Development Authority
Office of the Presidential Legal Counsel
Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process

Hon. Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr.
Executive Secretary
Born on November 11, 1960, lawyer Paquito “Jojo” N. Ochoa, Jr. took Economics at the University of Santo Tomas and law at the Ateneo School of Law. He joined the Bar in 1986, and his pro-bono work in his province led to his election as Director and then Vice President of the Bulacan Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He also engaged in private practice and served as partner of the De Mesa and Ochoa Law Offices and later partner (on leave) in the Marcos Ochoa Serapio Tan Law Firm.

The closeness of the Aquino and Ochoa families––the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino was a close friend of the the senior Ochoa, the former mayor of Pulilan, Bulacan––would lead to Atty. Ochoa being tapped by Noynoy Aquino to handle the latter’s legal requirements when he first ran for Congress in 1998; Atty. Ochoa has handled his legal affairs ever since.

In 2001, when then Rep. Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr. ran for mayor, Atty. Ochoa headed his legal team. Mayor Belmonte then made Atty. Ochoa his right-hand man and later formally appointed him City Administrator in 2003.

As City Administrator, he helped oversee the management of a city grappling with budget shortfalls and the increasing demands of a fast-growing city. Atty. Ochoa headed the Finance Committee, among others, and implemented systems that would drastically cut down unnecessary spending by the city government.

Prudent spending practices that included a thorough review of the infrastructure requirements of the city and the rationalization of its utilities expenditures––together with improved revenue collection––allowed Q.C. to successfully balance its budget and pay all the obligations of past administrations, including the P33 million in arrears in premium payments to the GSIS dating back to 1997. It also enabled Q.C. to become one of the local government units least dependent on internal revenue allotments (IRA), with the IRA accounting for only 24% of its total income––11% less than it was in 2001.

The city’s fiscal discipline allowed Quezon City to––upon the recommendation of Atty. Ochoa––automatically release the share of Q.C. barangays in the real property tax collections of the city. To ensure that Barangay Chairmen would use their fiscal autonomy wisely, Atty. Ochoa tapped the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance to train the Barangay officials in the proper disbursement of their funds.

His work as City Administrator has earned praise from governance specialists in the academe like Ateneo School of Government Dean Tony La Viña, who called Atty. Ochoa “an effective, efficient and innovative public servant,” whose “programs intended to improve education, health and business permitting processes” have helped improve the delivery of basic services in Quezon City. Today Quezon City’s health workers are trained to properly implement the Magna Carta of Health Workers; its teachers receive additional training that have helped increase the scores of students in the Q.C. public school system; and Q.C. residents can expect less red tape at city hall.


Hon. Julia Andrea Abad
Chief - Presidential Management Staff
Julia Abad is the Chief of Staff of President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, Jr. and a member of the transition team.

A former Program Officer of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium, she completed her BA degree at the Ateneo de Manila University before earning her Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University’s he Kennedy School of Government.

In 2006, Julia Abad was a consultant of the Gearing up Internet Literacy and Access for Students or "GILAS" program. GILAS is a recent beneficiary of Google Grants, which offers free advertising space to selected non-profit organizations on Through this Google program, GILAS has provided in-kind keyword advertising to help the project attract people to their website.

Julia Abad is a political science professor at Ateneo and a Fulbright alumna of Harvard University.


Hon. Edwin Lacierda
Presidential Spokesperson
Edwin Lacierda (’79) – Legal counsel and co-convenor of the civil society group, The Black and White Movement. A graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, he is a Constitutional Law Professor at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Likewise, he is a much sought after legal resource person for the major Philippine television networks, ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and ANC News Channel dealing with current political and constitutional issues.

Presently, he is the official campaign spokesperson of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for the the 2010 presidential elections. Edwin Lacierda is the Presidential Spokesman of Noynoy Aquino administration. He serve as spokesperson for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III during the campaign.


Hon. Herminio B. Coloma Jr.
Secretary - Presidential Communications Operations Office


Doctor of Philosophy, 2009, Southeast Asian Inter-Disciplinary Development Institute, Philippines

Master in Business Management, 1978, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1973, University of Philippines, Philippines


August 2010 – present Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Republic of the Philippines


Supervises all major government public communication and mass media organizations, including Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Broadcast Service, Government Television Network, Philippine News Agency and National Printing Office

Responsible for linking Office of the President with all private mass media organizations

June 1988 – present, Professor, Asian Institute of Management; Makati City, Philippines (currently on work leave)


Professor; also previously served in concurrent administrative capacity as Dean of the Executive Education and Lifelong Learning Center (2000-2004); Associate Dean of MBA Program (1994-1996); Program Director of Master in Development Management Program (1989-1990)

2004 – 2008 Division President and Group Chief Learning Officer, Transnational Diversified Group, Manila, Philippines

1996 – 2008 Director, Transnational Diversified Group


Profit center responsibility for eight (8) operating companies in Air & Travel Division; Group Chief Learning Officer oversees implementation of management development programs for 35 major operating companies in conglomerate

2005 – present, Director, Loyola Plans Consolidated, Inc., Makati City, Philippines

1990-1991 Head of the Presidential Management Staff, Office of the President of the Philippines, Malacañang, Manila, Philippines


Served as Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Executive Secretary; prepared reference materials for President of the Philippines and members of her Cabinet on topics taken up in high-level policy meetings; coordinated the President’s official appointments; performed high-level staff work for President

1998-2000 Undersecretary, Dept. of Transportation and Communications, Government of the Republic of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Oversight and executive responsibilities for water transportation sector including the following attached agencies; Philippine Ports Authority, Maritime Industry Authority and Philippine Coast guard; served as Head of Delegation to the biennial meetings of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, England, UK; also served as Undersecretary for finance and administration in a concurrent capacity

1989-1991 Undersecretary, Dept. of Transportation and Communications, Government of the Republic of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines


Oversight and executive responsibilities for land transportation sector including the following attached agencies: Land Transportation Office, Light Rail Transport Authority, Philippine National Railways, Metro Manila Transport Corporation

1982-1988 Vice President, Far East Bank and Trust Company, Manila, Philippines


Executive responsibility for corporate planning, corporate public communication, human resource management and organization development

Management Consultant, Various Organizations (all in Manila, Philippines)

Strategic Planning & Annual Business Planning

  • Land Bank of the Philippines (1992-1998)
  • Philippine National Bank (2007)
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers (1991-2000)

Inter-Modal transport Development

  • Asian Development Bank (2005-2006)

Entrepreneurship & SME Development

  • USAID (1990)

Telecommunications Development

  • Canadian International Development Agency (circa 1995)


  • Governor, Rotary International (1998-1999)
  • President, People Management Association of the Philippines (1988)
  • Chairman, Federation of AIM Alumni Association (1987-1988)
  • Elected member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, 1973


  • AIM Alumni Achievement Award, 2004


  • Weekly column for Business World, the leading Filipino business newspaper, for over twenty years (from July 1987 to present)


Born in Quezon City, Philippines on 28 March 1953. Married to the former Nennette Parreno with whom he has a daughter, Anna Francesca.


Hon. Proceso Alcala
Secretary - Department of Agriculture

Proceso “Procy” Alcala is a civil engineer by profession, a respected and multi awarded public servant, a businessman and advocate of organic agriculture, environmental conservation and countryside development. He is the 34th Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

Prior to his appointment, Secretary Alcala served for two terms as Representative of the 2nd District of Quezon Province (includes his hometown Lucena City, Candelaria, Dolores, San Antonio, Sariaya and Tiaong), from July 2004 to June 2010.

As a lawmaker, he authored three major legislations, the most notable of which is the Organic Agricultural Act of 2010. The two others are the Mounts Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape Act and the Hazardous and Radioactive Waste Management Act.

He also co-authored the Climate Change Act and  Expanded Senior Citizens Act.

During his six-year tenure, he served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Committee on Public Works and Highways.

One of the major projects he is popularly identified with is the establishment of the “Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura sa Quezon,” which since its operation has been providing a ready market for farmers and fishers, giving them assured and reasonable prices for their products, and affordable basic food commodities for consumers. He also vigorously supported the rehabilitation of the coconut industry, benefiting thousands of farmers and their families in Quezon.

He likewise initiated the “Procesong Gulay Para sa Masaganang Buhay” to further encourage vegetable production and consumption in his district and adjoining communities.

He also granted full scholarships to thousands of children of farmers -- to entice them into taking agriculture, agribusiness and related careers, and prove his point that there is indeed money in agriculture.

Secretary Alcala shares the vision of President Benigno "Noynoy" S. Aquino III of prosperous modern agri-fishery entrepreneurs creating more livelihood and income opportunities in their respective communities.

He is now working to revitalize the agri-fishery sector through the delivery of responsive, transparent and quality services, and the implementation of high-quality programs and people-centered policies.

At the heart of his development agenda is to attain rice self-sufficiency by 2013 so the country will no longer import its staple food and most important grain. 

Secretary Alcala completed his Civil Engineering degree at the Luzonian University Foundation. He and his wife, Corazon, are blessed with three children – Ingrid, Irvin (who now serves as the Representative of the 2nd District of Quezon) and Ivy – and four grandsons.


Hon. Virgilio R. De Los Reyes
Secretary - Department of Agrarian Reform

Prior to his official appointment as Agrarian Reform Secretary last 30 June 2010,

Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes served as Undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) from 2001 to 2003. He was Vice-Dean of the College of Law of the De La Salle University in Manila and became a consultant to various agencies on issues about land and agrarian reform law.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (1983) and Bachelor of Laws (1990) from the University of the Philippines (UP). He passed the bar in 1991 and became the principal of the De Los Reyes Law Office. He is a founding member of LIBERTAS, an association of lawyers focused on human rights and judicial reform.

Secretary de los Reyes earned his Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA in 2007. Preceding this he was a recipient of the US State Department Humphrey Fellowship with emphasis on international trade and human rights.


Hon. Florencio B. Abad
Secretary - Department of Budget and Management
Florencio B. Abad is a former Representative of the Lone District of Batanes to the 8th (1987-1990), 10th, 11th, and 12th Philippine Congress (1995-2004). He was one of the advocates of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and later appointed Secretary of Agrarian Reform during the Aquino administration (January 4, 1990- April 5, 1990). In July 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed him to the Department of Education as Secretary and served until July 2005. Abad was a member of the Hyatt 10 who resigned from the Arroyo cabinet in July 2005.

He finished his High School and Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Bachelor of Laws at the Ateneo de Manila University and passed the Bar in 1985. He completed his studies with Masters in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a student of the Edward Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.

He was a trade unionist of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) and Ateneo Workers College from 1976 to 1979, a Research director of the Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business at Ateneo de Manila University.


Hon. Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC
Secretary - Department of Education

Brother Armin A. Luistro is the Secretary of the Department of Education.  He completed his elementary and secondary education at De La Salle, Lipa City, and his college degree at De La Salle University, Manila with Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Letters in 1981.

He earned his Master's Degree in Religious Education and Values Education at De La Salle University in 2003 and Doctor of Educational Management at the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City in 2005.

In 2004, La Salle University in Philadelphia conferred on him an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

He began his career at De La Salle Lipa as a religion teacher, classroom adviser and campus minister in 1983.  From 1986 to 1988, he moved as a religion teacher at La Salle Greenhills and sub-director at La Salle House of Studies.  He served his way up as district vocation director at La Salle Provincialate, Mandaluyong City in 1988 to 1989 then rose as its director the following year.

From 1990 to 1991, Brother Armin became director of the Lasallian Residency and Vocation Center at La Salle Provincialate, Mandaluyong City.  Then, from 1991 to 1992, he was assigned as director of the Postulancy Community at the Lasallian Center, Singalong, Manila.

Having racked up an impressive record, Brother Armin was recalled in 1992 to the La Salle House of Studies at La Salle Provincialate, Mandaluyong City to become its director for one year.  Then, in 1993 to 1997, he was re-assigned as director of the La Salle Novitiate in Lipa City.

In April 1997 to March 2004, Brother Armin was titular visitor at the sub-district of Myanmar.  Later, he embarked on another career climb, becoming president o fthe De La Salle University System (2004 to 2006) and concurrently president of De La Salle Professional Schools (2005 to 2007), the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School (2005-2008) and De La Salle Philippines, INc. (2005 to 2009), a network of educational institutions in the country operated by Lasallian Brothers.  Eventually, he became president of De La Salle University from 2006 to 2010.

Brother Armin has joined local and international fora, seminars and conferences as speaker, lecturer, facilitator, panelist and participant.

He has also served as trustee or chairperson in various religious and local institutions, as well as La Sallian institutions here and abroad.

An outstanding leader, he received the Outstanding Manilan for Advocacy on Social Consciousness award in 2010.

Secretary Luistro professed his final vow as a De La Salle Christian Brother in the Philippines at the National Shrine of the Divine Child at La Salle Provincialate, Mandaluyong City on May 1, 1988.


Secretary - Department of Energy


Hon. Ramon Paje
Secretary - Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Newly-appointed Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, a top-rank Career Executive Service Officer, replaced Horacio Ramos, a fellow career officer, in a simple turnover ceremony held on Friday at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

Ramon J.P. Paje is the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) under the Noynoy Aquino administration. He was also an undersecretary for Forestry Research of the DENR.

He is also one of the 1996 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardees for Government Service.

Before his appointment as the DENR’s 19th secretary, Paje was the agency’s Undersecretary for Field Operations and the concurrent Executive Director of the Minerals Development Council under the Office of the President.

Paje’s ascension to the post marks only the second time in the DENR’s 23-year history to have the proverbial “bottom-to-top” success by a rank-and-file employee.

His 28-year career span started in 1982 as a junior forester conducting field inspection of reforestation projects of then Bureau of Forest Development (now Forest Management Bureau).

He has then occupied various positions such as senior forester, service director, and assistant secretary prior to his appointment as undersecretary in 1998.

A recipient of a government scholarship, Paje graduated with a degree in BS Forestry in 1982 at the UP Los Baños. He then earned his masters in Urban and Regional Planning from UP-Diliman, and his doctorate in Public Administration in the same school.

He has likewise taken short courses in Harvard University in Massachussets, USA and the Australian National University in Canberra.

Paje has also received various awards, including a Dr. Jose Rizal Huwarang Pilipino Award for Public Service in 1999, and being cited by the Philippine Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1996. (PNA Features)


Hon. Cesar V. Purisima
Secretary - Department of Finance

Cesar A. V. Purisima has been Secretary of the Department of Finance at Energy Development Corporation since June 30, 2010. Mr. Purisima is one of the Owner of Prople, an outsourcing and of shoring industry. He is a Governor for the Philippines in the Asian Development Bank. Mr. Purisima served as a Secretary of Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines from February 2005 to July 2005. He served as Secretary, Department of Trade & Industry, Republic of the Philippines from 2004 to 2005 and Chairman & Managing Partner, Sycip, Gor es and Velayo (SGV) & Company-Member Practice of Ernst & Young Global from 1999 to 2004. Mr. Purisima serves as the Chairman of Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Land Bank of the Philippines. He served as Governor of the World Bank Group and as an Alternate Governor for the International Monetary Fund. He has been a Director of Benguet Corp. since November 14, 2008. Mr. Purisima has been a Member of the board of Trustees of Makati Business Club since 2008 and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ciba Capital Inc. since 2006. He served as an Independent Director of iRipple Inc. from June 1, 2009 to June 29, 2010. He served as Independent Director of Energy Development Corporation from July 2009 to June 30, 2010. He served as a Director of Integrated Microelectronics Inc. from April 19, 2010 to July 2010. He served as a Director of National Power Corporation and Land Bank of the Philippines. He served as Member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Mr. Purisima obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Majors in Accounting & Management of Financial Institutions from De la Salle University (1979) and his MBA from JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois (1983). He was a top placer in the 1979 Certified Public Accountant Board Examination.

PRESIDENT-ELECT Benigno Aquino III has offered former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima the same portfolio he had resigned in a huff during the Arroyo Cabinet crisis in 2005, according to sources close to Aquino.

    * MBA/Master of Management, Finance and Economics

    * JL Kellogg Graduate School Management, Northwestern University

    * Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Double Major in Accounting and Management of Financial Institutions, De La Salle University

    * Secretary of Finance

    * Chairman and Managing Partner

    * SGV & Company

    * Cesar V Purisima

    * MBA/Master of Management, Finance and Economics

    * JL Kellogg Graduate School Management, Northwestern University

    * Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Double Major in Accounting and Management of Financial Institutions

    * De La Salle University Secretary of Finance Chairman and Managing Partner SGV & Company


Secretary - Department of Foreign Affairs


Secretary - Department of Interior and Local Government


Secretary - Department of Justice


Hon. Rosalinda D. Baldoz
Secretary - Department of Labor and Employment
Appointed as Secretary of Labor and Employment on June 30, 2010, Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, 60, a career executive service officer, has, for 35 years, maintained an untarnished record of and reputation for honesty, integrity, and competence that has elevated her to a commanding view of the public service arena.

A contractual work at the Bureau of Labor Relations in 1975 launched her career path to an upward trajectory, one encompassing the fields of industrial relations, public governance, labor diplomacy, international labor cooperation and development, and migration.

She was a practicing lawyer before she joined the DOLE, rising to become Mediator-Arbiter in 1976 at the BLR to become Labor Arbiter in 1982 at the National Labor Relations Commission.

In 1987, she held the post of Deputy Administrator, later Deputy Executive Director, of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board when that office was established as the DOLE’s response to the constitutional mandate of promoting industrial peace. In 1997, she was promoted as NCMB Executive Director, a post she held until 1998 when she was appointed DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Management Services.

As one of NCMB’s pioneers and founders, her tenure saw the transformation of that office into a valuable arm of the DOLE in the prevention and settlement of labor disputes. She led the NCMB in revolutionizing voluntary modes of dispute mechanisms like conciliation-mediation, grievance settlement, and voluntary arbitration.

She relentlessly sought to improve its conciliation-mediation services, resulting to the NCMB being feted with numerous awards for its work. Among these are the 1989 Presidential Award bestowed by the late President Corazon C. Aquino for ‘outstanding performance and exemplary accomplishments in the reduction of actual strikes from 581 in 1986 to 267 in 1988’ and the Bishops-Businessmen Conference’s Sikap-Gawa Awards for Industrial Peace in 1991 and 1995. It was under her watch that the NCMB, in 1994, was cited as one of 33 Centers of Excellence in Government.

In 2001, she rose to head the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration as its Administrator, a position she held for seven years. As POEA chief, she initiated several innovative programs and services in overseas employment, including tough measures against illegal recruitment, and was instrumental in the POEA’s getting an ISO 9001:2000 certification.

She implemented numerous reform measures, notably in the processing of workers’ documents, by harnessing the power of technology. From manual processing that took months to complete, the process was gradually cut into weeks, then into one day, and finally to 4 hours.
After only a year, the household service worker reform measure that she initiated in 2006 to ensure HSW welfare and protection yielded tremendous, positive result when HSW deployment was reduced by almost 50 percent.

Her return to the DOLE in 2008 as Undersecretary underscored one of her many professional strengths when she was again put in charge of labor relations.

Also very well-recognized and respected is her competence in international relations. In 1999, she served the International Labor Organization’s Committee on the Application of Standards as Chairperson, the first woman from a developing country in Asia to head the body which oversees the application and promotion of international labor standards.

In recognition of her passion and expertise in ensuring better working conditions for workers, she was chosen as chairperson of one of three technical committees of the five-year ILO project that consolidated 61 international maritime instruments into one maritime labor Convention, a vital, protective instrument addressing the plight of workers in the maritime industry. The Convention was adopted in Geneva in February 2006.

She has represented the Philippines as lead negotiator on labor concerns in bilateral and related cooperative arrangements, such as the ASEAN-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, and the Philippines-South Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Labour Cooperation. In the World Trade Organization negotiations, she had represented the DOLE as official representative to the Committee on Tariff and Related Matters and the Technical Committee on WTO Matters, the two committees handling concerns in trade in goods, particularly on the implications of international trade to domestic employment.

In September 2009, she served as Focal Person for the ILO Mission on Convention 87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize, when it visited the Philippines for a fact-finding mission. She ably assisted the Mission in its activities, particularly in amplifying the Philippines’s implementation of Convention 87 and how the country is addressing implementation problems through policy measures.

Secretary Baldoz, a consistent scholar from elementary up to her tertiary and post-graduate education, holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Science and Law, and a master degree in National Security Administration. She is a commissioned officer with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force, Philippine Army, Armed Forces of the Philippines.

During her long, accomplished career, she had received two scholarships grants in industrial relations: a Colombo Plan scholarship in Australia and a USAID scholarship at Cornell University in the United States of America.

For her professional achievements, her alma maters in secondary, tertiary, and post-graduate education have honored here with outstanding alumnus awards. On the other hand, the DOLE, which she continues to serve with untiring devotion, has bestowed her twice its highest honor — the DOLE KAPWA Awards — first in 2000 and second in 2002. These Awards she shared with the NCMB’s corps of conciliators-mediators.

Secretary Baldoz is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and a Christian leader in government.


Hon. Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary - Department of National Defense
Secretary Voltaire Tuvera Gazmin is the 35th Secretary to hold the defense portfolio, assuming the post on July 1, 2010. He was born on October 22, 1944 in Moncada, Tarlac.

Even at an early age, Secretary Gazmin's brilliance was seen in his performance inside and outside the classroom. Secretary Gazmin took his elementary and secondary education at the University of the Philippines where he also spent two years taking up Bachelor of Science in Chemistry before entering the Philippine Military Academy in 1964.

As a young soldier, Secretary Gazmin served as Team Leader of the Home Defense Forces Group (A) and in various intelligence units of the Philippine Army. He then rose through the ranks to command major Philippine Army units, having the distinction of commanding three Battalions namely the 45th Infantry Battalion in 1978, the 26th Infantry Battalion in 1980 and later the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion in Mindanao.

In 1986, Secretary Gazmin took the helm of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) of President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino where he was instrumental in thwarting seven coup d’etat attempts launched by renegade soldiers, the bloodiest of which was in 1989. In 1992, he was sent to Washington DC to be the Defense and Armed Forces Attache to the United States of America. He then commanded the 103rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division in 1995, followed by the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) and later the Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army in 1997 and the Southern Luzon Command in 1998.

Capping his distinguished military career was his appointment as the 40th Commanding General of the Philippine Army in July 1999 which he held until October 22, 2000. During his tenure, he left a legacy that gave meaning and substance to the various thrusts that he envisioned for the Philippine Army, which zeroed in on leadership development, proper force mix, modernized equipment and systems, quality and well-motivated soldiers, training and doctrine development and active involvement in the Army’s non-traditional roles.

Secretary Gazmin is a member of the PMA Class of 1968. To prepare him for the various posts he held throughout his military career, he completed several staff and command courses that include the Philippine Army Officer Senior Course at the Philippine Army School Center, Intelligence Officer Course, Special Forces Operation Course, Jumpmaster Course, Basic Airborne Course and Special Company Officers Course. He took the Command and General Staff Course at the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1985. Secretary Gazmin also holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Manuel L. Quezon University where he graduated Cum Laude.

Secretary Gazmin is one of the most bemedalled officers of the Philippine Army. Among his awards are the Philippine Legion of Honor, Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star, a Gold Cross Medal, a Bronze Cross Medal, numerous Military Merit Medals, Military Commendation Medals and various campaign ribbons. He received the Cavalier Award for Outstanding Achievements in Combat from the PMA Alumni Association Incorporated in 1984.

In recognition of his diplomatic acumen and outstanding service to the nation as a soldier, Secretary Gazmin was made Ambassador of the Philippines to Cambodia from 2002 to 2004.

Secretary Gazmin is married and has two sons.


Hon. Rogelio L. Singson
Secretary - Department Public Works and Highways
Secretary Rogelio Lazo Singson, in leading the State’s engineering and construction arm as its 42nd head, advocates transformation and innovation in governance through transparency and accountability, “management by mission”, preferential option for the poor, and public-private partnership.

Prior to his being named as Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, Secretary Singson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. after its reprivatization from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2010 under new owners, the DMCI-Metro Pacific Consortium.

He has extensive experience in both government and private sector in the field of privatization and public-private partnership, management of tollroads and expressways, water and power utilities privatization, airports, seaports and resorts.

Before joining the Cabinet of President Aquino, he served in various senior positions such as Senior Vice President for Business Development, Citadel Holdings, Inc. from July 2002 to May 2007; Chairman & President of Bases Conversion & Development Authority from July 1998-February 2002; and concurrent Chairman of the Board of John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation, BCDA Management Holdings Inc., and North Luzon Railways Corporation from July 1998 to February 2002.

As Senior Vice President for Project Development of Citadel Holdings, Inc., he was responsible for identifying and developing new business ventures and expansion of core business of the Holdings Group. During that time, he led the consortium with foreign investors and technical partners that participated in two (2) biddings of electricity transmission company Transco, and the successful acquisition of a telecommunications project in Micronesia.

As former Chairman and President of BCDA, the public-private partnership projects he pushed include the conversion of former military baselands (Clark, Subic, John Hay, Poro Point, Fort Bonifacio, & Villamor bases) from military use to private commercial and industrial uses as special economic and freeport zones. He was responsible for conceptualizing and promoting Subic Clark Alliance Development (SCAD) Project as a national priority program and in securing JBIC loan and funding arrangements for Subic Clark Tarlac Toll Road. He is credited for the successful bidding of major portions of Fort Bonifacio paving the way for the entry of big developers including the Fort Bonifacio Development, Market-Market, Pacific Towers, and for concluding agreements with International School, Japanese School and British School to enhance the total development of Fort Bonifacio.

He also served as Director of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Clark Development Corporation, Clark International Airport Corporation, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation; and board membership at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, National Power Corporation, and Metropolitan Waterworks & Sewerage System.

His other past involvements in the public sector includes serving as Executive Director (rank of Undersecretary) of the Coordinating Council of the Philippine Assistance Program which coordinate and monitor the official development assistance project and programs from May 1991 to November 1992; and Assistant Cabinet Secretary under the Office of the President Corazon C. Aquino from July 1987 to May 1991.

Secretary Singson obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from University of the Philippines in 1971 and attended Master’s Program in Public & Business Management from the De La Salle University. He also attended various trainings abroad on Public-Private Sector Partnership, privatization and Build Operate Transfer (BOT) Schemes.

Born on September 16, 1948 in Ilocos Sur, Secretary Singson who is a practicing Catholic and covenanted member of Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Community is happily married to Isabel Nepomuceno. Their union since 1972 is blessed with four (4) children and four (4) grand children.


Hon. Mario Montejo
Secretary - Department of Science and Technology

Dr. Mario Montejo obtained his BS Mechanical Engineering degree at University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1975.

Dr. Montejo is also the CEO of Tree Top Adventure. Tree Top Adventure Philippines (TTA), the Subic-based company that operates canopy ride, Superman ride, Silver Surfer and Interactive Free Fall at Camp John Hay.


Hon. Corazon Juliano "Dinky" N. Soliman
Secretary - Department of Social Welfare and Development
Corazon "Dinky" Soliman once held the post of DSWD Secretary before resigning from the Arroyo Cabinet in 2005.

Prior to her appointment as DSWD Secretary, Soliman was Executive Vice-President of Community Organizers Multiversity as well as Executive Director of CO-TRAIN. She pioneered in developing a rural organizing program as a trainor and coordinator in Bukidnon under the auspices of the Social Action Center (SAC) of Bukidnon way back in 1976.

Soliman graduated from UP Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Social Work . At UP she was a University Scholar and a Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardee; she copped 5th place in the 1974 National Board Examinations for Social Workers.

In 1998, she finished her Master in Public Administration degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Soliman is also a recipient of countless awards and citations in the field of social work and community development, most notably as one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service Awardee and the Most Distinguished Alumnus Award from the UP.


Secretary - Department of Tourism


Secretary - Department of Trade and Industry


Secretary - Department of Transportation and Communication


Director General - National Economic Development Authority


Chief, Presidential Legal Counsel


Hon. Teresita "Ging" Quintos-Deles
Presidential Adviser on Peace Process
Teresita "Ging" Deles previously occupied the same post from 2003 to 2005. She was among the 10 Cabinet and senior government officials who withdrew their support from Arroyo during the height of the "Hello, Garci" scandal.

Prior to her appointment at the OPAPP, Ging Deles was the Lead Convenor (Cabinet rank) of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) from 2001-2003.

She is a colleague of incoming NAPC Lead Convenor Imelda Nicolas at the INCITEGov. Ging Deles serves as Executive Director and Managing Trustee.

Her areas of expertise are peace process and conflict resolution, women’s issues, civil society issues and processes, and security sector reform.