Cabinet of the Philippines

The Cabinet of the Philippines (Filipino: Gabinete ng Pilipinas, usually referred to as the Cabinet or Filipino: Gabinete) consists of the heads of the largest part of the executive branch of the national government of the Philippines. Currently, it includes the secretaries of 21 executive departments and the heads of other several other minor agencies and offices that are subordinate to the President of the Philippines.

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The Cabinet secretaries are tasked to advise the President on the different affairs of the state like agriculture, budget, finance, education, social welfare, national defence, foreign policy, and the like.

They are nominated by the President and then presented to the Commission on Appointments, a body of the Congress of the Philippines that confirms all appointments made by the head of state, for confirmation or rejection. If the presidential appointees are approved, they are sworn into office, receive the title "Secretary", and begin to function their duties.

Appointment

Article 7, Section 16 of the Constitution of the Philippines says that the President

Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials

The men and women listed below form the cabinet and are the heads of the executive departments of the Philippines.

Departments of the Philippine Government

All departments are listed by their present-day name with their English names on top and Filipino names at the bottom.

Department Acronym Office Incumbent in Office since

Department of Agrarian Reform
Kagawaran ng Repormang Pansakahan
DAR Secretary of Agrarian Reform
Kalihim ng Repormang Pansakahan

Hon. John Rualo Castriciones
December 1, 2017

Department of Agriculture
Kagawaran ng Agrikultura
DA Secretary of Agriculture
Kalihim ng Agrikultura

Hon. William Dollente Dar
(ad interim)
August 5, 2019

Department of Budget and Management
Kagawaran ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala
DBM Secretary of Budget and Management
Kalihim ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala

Hon. Wendel Eliot Avisado
(ad interim)
August 5, 2019

Department of Education
Kagawaran ng Edukasyon
DepEd Secretary of Education
Kalihim ng Edukasyon

Hon. Leonor Magtolis-Briones
June 30, 2016

Department of Energy
Kagawaran ng Enerhiya
DOE Secretary of Energy
Kalihim ng Enerhiya

Hon. Alfonso Gaba Cusi
June 30, 2016

Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman
DENR Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
Kalihim ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman

Hon. Roy Agullana Cimatu
May 8, 2017

Department of Finance
Kagawaran ng Pananalapi
DOF Secretary of Finance
Kalihim ng Pananalapi

Hon. Carlos Garcia Dominguez III
June 30, 2016

Department of Foreign Affairs
Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas
DFA Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Kalihim ng Ugnayang Panlabas

Hon. Teodoro Lopez Locsin, Jr.
October 17, 2018

Department of Health
Kagawaran ng Kalusugan
DOH Secretary of Health
Kalihim ng Kalusugan

Hon. Francisco Tiongson Duque III
October 26, 2017
Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development
Kagawaran ng Panirahang Pantao at Urbanong Pagpapaunlad
DHSUD Secretary of Human Settlements and Urban Development
Kalihim ng Panirahang Pantao at Urbanong Pagpapaunlad
TBA TBA

Department of Information and Communications Technology
Kagawaran ng Teknolohiyang Pang-Impormasyon at Komunikasyon
DICT Secretary of Information and Communications Technology
Kalihim ng Teknolohiyang Pang-Impormasyon at Komunikasyon

Hon. Gregorio Ballesteros Honasan II
July 1, 2019

Department of the Interior and Local Government
Kagawaran ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal
DILG Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
Kalihim ng Interyor at Pamahalaang Lokal

Hon. Eduardo Manahan Año
November 6, 2018

Department of Justice
Kagawaran ng Katarungan
DOJ Secretary of Justice
Kalihim ng Katarungan

Hon. Menardo Ilasco Guevarra
April 5, 2018

Department of Labor and Employment
Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleo
DOLE Secretary of Labor and Employment
Kalihim ng Paggawa at Empleo

Hon. Silvestre Hernando Bello III
June 30, 2016

Department of National Defense
Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Bansa
DND Secretary of National Defense
Kalihim ng Tanggulang Bansa

Hon. Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana
June 30, 2016

Department of Public Works and Highways
Kagawaran ng mga Pagawain at Lansangang Bayan
DPWH Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Kalihim ng mga Pagawain at Lansangang Bayan

Hon. Mark Aguilar Villar
August 1, 2016

Department of Science and Technology
Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya
DOST Secretary of Science and Technology
Kalihim ng Agham at Teknolohiya

Hon. Fortunato Tanseco de la Peña
June 30, 2016

Department of Social Welfare and Development
Kagawaran ng Kagalingan at Pagpapaunlad Panlipunan
DSWD Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Kalihim ng Kagalingan at Pagpapaunlad Panlipunan

Hon. Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista
October 17, 2018

Department of Tourism
Kagawaran ng Turismo
DOT Secretary of Tourism
Kalihim ng Turismo

Hon. Bernadette Fatima Romulo-Puyat
May 11, 2018

Department of Trade and Industry
Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya
DTI Secretary of Trade and Industry
Kalihim ng Kalakalan at Industriya

Hon. Ramon Mangahas Lopez
June 30, 2016

Department of Transportation
Kagawaran ng Transportasyon
DOTr Secretary of Transportation
Kalihim ng Transportasyon

Hon. Arthur Planta Tugade
June 30, 2016

Officials with Cabinet-level rank

The following officials, while not heading Executive Departments, have the rank of Department Secretary and are part of the President's Cabinet:

Department Acronym Office Incumbent in Office since

Executive Secretary
Tanggapan ng Kalihim Tagapagpaganap
ES (TKT) Executive Secretary
Kalihim Tagapagpaganap
Hon. Salvador Campo Medialdea June 30, 2016

Office of the Cabinet Secretary
Tanggapan ng Kalihim ng Gabinete[1]
OCS (TKG) Cabinet Secretary
Kalihim ng Gabinete
Hon. Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles November 5, 2018

Office of the Presidential Spokesperson
Tanggapan ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo
OPS (TTP) Presidential Spokesperson
Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo
Hon. Salvador San Buenaventura Panelo October 11, 2018

Presidential Communications Operations Office
Tanggapang Pampanguluhan sa Operasyong Pangkomunikasyon[2]
PCOO (TPOP) Head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office
Puno ng Tanggapang Pampanguluhan sa Operasyong Pangkomunikasyon
Hon. Jose Ruperto Martin Marfori Andanar June 30, 2016

National Economic and Development Authority
Pambansang Pangasiwaan sa Kabuhayan at Pagpapaunlad
NEDA (PPKP) Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority
Direktor-Heneral ng Pambansang Pangasiwaan sa Kabuhayan at Pagpapaunlad
Hon. Ernesto del Mar Pernia June 30, 2016

Philippine Competition Commission
Komisyon sa Kompetisyon ng Pilipinas
PCC (KKP) Chairperson of the Philippine Competition Commission
Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Kompetisyon ng Pilipinas
Hon. Arsenio Molina Balisacan January 27, 2016

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Kalakhang Maynila
MMDA (PPKM) Chairperson of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority
Tagapangulo ng Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Kalakhang Maynila
Hon. Danilo Delapuz Lim May 22, 2017

Mindanao Development Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Mindanao
MinDA (PPM) Chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority
Tagapangulo ng Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Mindanao
Hon. Emmanuel Fantin Piñol August 5, 2019

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Sonang Pangkabuhayan ng Cagayan
CEZA (PSPC) Administrator and CEO of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority
Tagapangasiwa at Punong Opisyal Tagapagpaganap ng Pangasiwaan sa Sonang Pangkabuhayan ng Cagayan
Hon. Raul Loyola Lambino
(concurrent Presidential Assistant for Northern Luzon)
July 5, 2017

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
Sangguniang Tagapag-Ugnay sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pabahay at Kalungsuran
HUDCC (SPPPP) Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
Tagapangulo ng Sangguniang Tagapag-Ugnay sa Pagpapaunlad ng Pabahay at Kalungsuran
Hon. Eduardo Drueco del Rosario July 12, 2017

National Anti-Poverty Commission
Pambansang Komisyon Laban sa Kahirapan
NAPC (PKLK) Lead Convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission
Pangunahing Tagapagtipon ng Pambansang Komisyon Laban sa Kahirapan
Hon. Noel Kinazo Felongco October 31, 2018

Commission on Higher Education
Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon
CHED (KLME) Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education
Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Lalong Mataas na Edukasyon
Hon. Julian Prospero Estabillo de Vera III January 26, 2018

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Edukasyong Teknikal at Pagpapaunlad ng Kasanayan
TESDA (PETPaK) Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
Direktor-Heneral ng Pangasiwaan sa Edukasyong Teknikal at Pagpapaunlad ng Kasanayan
Hon. Isidro Samson Lapeña October 30, 2018

National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining
NCCA (PKKS) Chairperson of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Tagapangulo ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining
Hon. Virgilio Senadrin Almario
January 5, 2017

Philippine Sports Commission
Komisyon sa Laro ng Pilipinas
PSC (KLP) Chairperson of the Philippine Sports Commission
Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Laro ng Pilipinas
Hon. William Ramirez
June 30, 2016

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Pambansang Tanggapan para sa Pagtugon ng Sakuna
NDRRMC (PTPS) Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
Direktor Tagapagpaganap ng Pambansang Tanggapan para sa Pagtugon ng Sakuna
Hon. Ricardo Jalad June 30, 2016

Climate Change Commission
Komisyon sa Pagbabago ng Klima
CCC (KPK) Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of the Climate Change Commission
Pangalawang Tagapangulo at Direktor Tagapagpaganap ng Komisyon sa Pagbabago ng Klima
Hon. Emmanuel Malabanan de Guzman December 5, 2017

National Water Resources Board (Philippines)
Pambansang Lupon ng Mapagkukunan ng Tubig
NWRC (PLMT) Executive Director of the National Water Resources Board
Direktor Tagapagpaganap ng Pambansang Lupon ng Mapagkukunan ng Tubig
Hon. Sevillo D. David Jr. June 30, 2016

National Food Authority (Philippines)
Pambansang Pangasiwaan ng Pagkain
NFA (PPP) Administrator of the National Food Authority
Tagapangasiwa ng Pambansang Pangasiwaan ng Pagkain
Hon. Judy Carol L. Dansal June 11, 2019

Dangerous Drugs Board
Lupon sa Mapanganib na Droga
DDB (LMD) Chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board
Tagapangulo ng Lupon sa Mapanganib na Droga
Hon. Catalino Salandanan Cuy July 4, 2016

Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Komisyon para sa mga Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat
CFO(KPID) Chairperson of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas
Tagapangulo ng Komisyon para sa mga Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat
Hon. Francisco Paredes Acosta August 20, 2018
Office of the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers
Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa mga Manggagawang Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat
OPAOFWs (TPTMPID) Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers
Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa mga Manggagawang Filipino sa Ibayong Dagat
Hon. Abdullah Derupong Mama-o July 19, 2016

Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
Tanggapan ng Punong Abogadong Pampanguluhan
OCPLC (TPTPB) Chief Presidential Legal Counsel
Punong Abogadong Pampanguluhan
Hon. Salvador San Buenaventura Panelo June 30, 2016

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa Prosesong Pangkapayapaan
OPAPP (TPTPP) Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa Prosesong Pangkapayapaan
Hon. Carlito Guancing Galvez Jr. December 21, 2018

Presidential Management Staff
Pangkat sa Pampanguluhang Pamamahala
PMS (PPP) Head of the Presidential Management Staff
Puno ng Pangkat sa Pampanguluhang Pamamahala
Hon. Ferdinand Biliran Cui Jr.
(Acting)
June 30, 2016

Presidential Legislative Liaison Office
Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Tagapag-ugnay Pambatasan
PLLO (TTPL) Presidential Adviser on Legislative Affairs and Head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office
Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa mga Ugnayang Pambatasan at Pinuno ng Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Tagapag-ugnay Pambatasan
Hon. Adelino Baguio Sitoy September 12, 2016
Office of the Special Assistant to the President
Tanggapan ng Natatanging Kawaksi ng Pangulo
OSAP (TNKP) Special Assistant to the President
Natatanging Kawaksi ng Pangulo
Hon. Jesus Melchor Vega Quitain Sr.
(OIC)
November 9, 2018
Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas
Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Kawaksi para sa Kabisayaan
OPAV (TPKK) Presidential Assistant for the Visayas
Pampanguluhang Kawaksi para sa Kabisayaan
Hon. Michael Lloyd Lee Dino June 30, 2016

Office of the Political Adviser
Tanggapan ng Tagapayong Politikal
OPA (TTP) Political Adviser
Tagapayong Pulitikal
Vacant

Office of the Solicitor General
Tanggapan ng Tagausig Panlahat
OSG (TTP) Solicitor General
Tagausig Panlahat
Hon. Jose Callangan Calida June 30, 2016

National Security Council
Sanggunian sa Pambansang Seguridad
NSC (PSP) National Security Adviser and Director-General of the National Security Council
Tagapayo sa Pambansang Seguridad at Direktor-Heneral ng Sanggunian sa Pambansang Seguridad
Hon. Hermogenes Cendaña Esperon Jr. June 30, 2016

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
Pambansang Komisyon sa mga Filipinong Muslim
NCMF(PKLK) Chairperson of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
Tagapangulo ng Pambansang Komisyon sa mga Filipinong Muslim
Hon. Saidamen Balt Pangarungan July 9, 2018

Governance Commission on Government-Owned and/or -Controlled Corporations
Komisyon para sa Pamamahala ng mga Korporasyong Pag-aari at/o Kontrolado ng Pamahalaan
GCG (KPKPKP) Chairperson of the Governance Commission on Government-Owned and/or -Controlled Corporations
Tagapangulo ng Komisyon para sa Pamamahala ng mga Korporasyong Pag-aari at/o Kontrolado ng Pamahalaan
Hon. Samuel Gallemit Dagpin Jr. November 3, 2016

History

The foundation date of various departments vary, depending on whether their origin can be traced to the First Republic or during the American era. The listing of cabinet officials is particularly complicated during World War II, when there were two governments, the Commonwealth of the Philippines first in unoccupied areas and then in exile, and the various governments established by the Japanese.

First Republic

Until the Tejeros Convention in 1897, government functions were conducted by the Katipunan. The convention decided to replace the Katipunan with a provisional revolutionary government. This was in turn replaced by the Biak na Bato Republic which in turn was disbanded because of the Pact of Biak na Bato. The Revolutionary movement was then led in exile by the Hong Kong Junta. The Revolution resumed in May, 1898 and resulted in what is officially considered the first actual (in contrast to provisional or preparatory) government, that of the First Republic. Constitution of the First Republic explicitly stated the government ministries to be formed.

Office Name Term
President of the Cabinet[3][4][5][4] Apolinario Mabini January 2 — May 7, 1899[5]
Pedro Paterno May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Secretary of Foreign Affairs[3][4] Apolinario Mabini October 1, 1898 — May 7, 1899[5]
Secretary of the Interior[3][4] Teodoro Sandico January 2 — May 7, 1899[5]
Secretary of Finance[3][4] Mariano Trías January 2 — May 7, 1899[5]
Hugo Ilagan May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Severino de las Alas May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Secretary of War and Marine[3][4] Baldomero Aguinaldo July 15, 1898 — May 7, 1899[5]
Mariano Trías May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Secretary of Justice Gregorio Araneta September 2, 1898 — May 7, 1899[5]
Secretary of Welfare[3][4][lower-alpha 2] Gracio Gonzaga January 2 — May 7, 1899[5]
Felipe Buencamino May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Maximo Paterno May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Secretary of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce[3][4] Leon Maria Guerrero May 7 — November 13, 1899[5][lower-alpha 1]
Notes
  1. Several sources assert that shortly after installation of the Paterno cabinet, General Antonio Luna arrested Paterno and some or all of the cabinet secretaries.[6][7] At least one source asserts that the Mabini cabinet was reinstalled after the arrests.[7] Another source asserts that those arrested were released on orders of President Aguinaldo, but does not provide any indication about whether the Mabini or the Paterno cabinet was in office after the release.[6]
  2. In the Mabini cabinet, the Secretary of Welfare had responsibility for Public Instruction, Communications & Public Works, and Agriculture, Industry & Commerce.[5]

The cabinet only met in a few times in 1899.

Paterno Cabinet (May 7, 1899 - November 13, 1899)

  • Pedro Paterno - Prime Minister
  • Leon Ma. Guerrero - Agriculture, Industry and Commerce
  • Hugo Ilagan - Finance
  • Felipe Buencamino - Foreign Affairs
  • Severino de las Alas - Interior
  • Aguedo Velarde - Public Instruction
  • Maximo Paterno - Public Works and Communications
  • Mariano Trias - National Defense

Philippine Islands

Under the Philippine Commission, and then after the Philippine Legislature established a bicameral legislature, the American colonial government established cabinet offices appointed by the Governor-General of the Philippines, that continued up to the Commonwealth of the Philippines. The Executive power was wielded by the Governor-General of the Philippines. Among cabinet officials, Filipinos and Americans held various posts, except for that of Secretary of Public Instruction, which was reserved for an American, specifically, the Vice Governor-General.

Commonwealth of the Philippines

With autonomy achieved, the President of the Philippines appointed the cabinet members.

Philippine Executive Commission

Established in response to a directive from the Imperial Japanese Army, the Philippine Executive Commission assumed administrative responsibility over government in Japanese-occupied areas of the country.

War Cabinet of the Commonwealth

The existence of war resulted in the consolidation of cabinet portfolios and the formation of a war cabinet. The war cabinet system was reorganized several sometimes.

Second Republic

The Second Republic replaced the Philippine Executive Commission. Cabinet officials gave up the title of commissioners and became known as ministers.

Restoration of the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth of the Philippines was restored on Philippine soil in October, 1944, and formally restored in terms of its authority in February, 1945.

Third Republic

After recognition of Philippine Independence in 1946 by the United States, the former Commonwealth now as a Republic under the 1935 Constitution continues its function stated therein until 1972 when Marcos declared Martial Law and wielded dictatorial rule.

Fourth Republic

In 1978, under the 1973 Constitution, the departments were renamed into ministries. The 1973 Constitution originally set up a Parliamentary Form of governance, but this was amended before its full implementation into a Semi-presidential Form of government under Marcos' dictatorial will. In 1981, Martial Law was lifted, the regular Parliament convenes with Cesar Virata being voted Prime Minister and as well as Finance Minister.

Fifth Republic

Under her revolutionary powers, President Corazon Aquino abolished the system of government ministries and restored the department system. With the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, this change became permanent.

List of Cabinets of the Philippines

See also

Notes

    References

    1. Division of Labor: Presidential Management Staff, Executive Office, and Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Official Gazette (Philippines), retrieved 2012-11-08
    2. Presidential Communications Operations Office website, retrieved 2018-07-10
    3. Guevara, Sulpico, ed. (2005). "Title IX The Secretaries of Government". The laws of the first Philippine Republic (the laws of Malolos) 1898-1899. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Library (published 1972). p. 115. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
    4. Tucker, Spencer (2009). The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars: A Political, Social, and Military History. ABC-CLIO. p. 496. ISBN 978-1-85109-951-1.
    5. "Master List of Cabinet Members since 1899" (PDF). Philippine Government. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
    6. Constantino, Renato; Constantino, Letizia R. (1975). A History of the Philippines. NYU Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-85345-394-9.
    7. Golay, Frank H. (1997), Face of Empire: United States-Philippine relations, 1898-1946, Ateneo de Manila University Press, p. 50, ISBN 978-971-550-254-2
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