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|Secretary of the Philippine Department of Energy|
November 5, 2012
|President||Benigno Aquino III|
|Preceded by||Jose Rene Almendras|
|Governor of the Province of Leyte|
June 30, 2004 – November 4, 2012
|Preceded by||Remedios Petilla|
|Succeeded by||Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya|
|Political party||Liberal (2012-present)
Lakas-CMD/Lakas Kampi CMD (2007–2010)
|Spouse(s)||Frances Ann Regis Basilio|
|Alma mater||Ateneo de Manila University|
Carlos Jericho "Icot" L. Petilla is a Filipino politician, management engineer, and businessman. He is the current Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) of the Philippines. He had served as the governor of the Province of Leyte from 2004 to 2012 before joining the cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III.
Petilla finished his Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also attended the same school during his high school days. After finishing college, Petilla was a professor in Ateneo de Manila University and was a consultant to various companies in Manila such as Meralco, Security Bank and Philphos.
His business interests included the International Data Conversion Solution Inc. based in Mandaluyong City and Accudata, Inc. based in Tacloban City where he is both President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He is likewise the part owner and consultant of Direct Data Capture with business offices in United Kingdom and New York and Datahold in London, UK.
During the 2004 election campaign, he divested his shares in his private investments to make a run as a governor of Leyte, even challenging a more popular bet in the person of three-term Representative and now Presidential Legal Adviser Sergio Apostol. He won during that year's election.
His first 100 days of office saw the drafting of the implementing Rules and Regulations of the Leyte Province Investment Code of 2004. The code aims to encourage investors to locate in Leyte with the salient feature of getting a 100% real property tax holiday for 5 years.
Petilla also supported The Philippine Economic Zone Authority in approving the application of the Province of Leyte to convert the 6.9 hectares lot at Barangay Pawing, Palo, Leyte, where the developed and ready for operation Leyte Academic Center is located, into the Leyte Information Communication Technology Park.
Petilla accepted the nomination of the ruling Lakas-CMD party as one of its candidates for Senator under the Team Unity umbrella in the May 14, 2007 Philippine midterm elections. However, only days after he filed his candidacy for the Senate, he withdrew his name from the list of Team Unity candidates, with Boholano actor Cesar Montano acting as his replacement in the slate.
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- "Cesar Montano in, Leyte Gov. Petilla out of Arroyo coalition". GMA News. February 16, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- "How politics is killing Tacloban". Manila Standard Today. January 17, 2010. Retrieved February 11, 2010.