Arthur Tugade

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Arthur Tugade
Arthur Tugade - 2018 (cropped).jpg
Tugade in 2018
Secretary of Transportation
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byJoseph Emilio Abaya
President and CEO of Clark Development Corporation
In office
December 18, 2012 – April 26, 2016
PresidentBenigno Aquino III
Preceded byFelipe Antonio Remollo
Succeeded byEliseo B. Santiago (OIC)
Personal details
Arthur Planta Tugade

(1946-01-09) January 9, 1946 (age 73)
Claveria, Cagayan, Philippine Commonwealth
Spouse(s)Maria Soledad Maddela Tugade
Alma materSan Beda College

Arthur "Art" Planta Tugade (born January 9, 1946)[1] is a Filipino businessman and lawyer from Cagayan. He is the current Secretary of the Department of Transportation after being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Joseph Emilio Abaya.[2] He previously held the position of President and chief executive officer of Clark Development Corporation, an attached agency of the government-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority under President Benigno Aquino III.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Tugade was born on January 9, 1946 to poor parents from Claveria, Cagayan, Francisco Tugade and Lucefina Planta.[3] His parents were both employed at the Public Works Department and he was in elementary school when they moved to Sampaloc, Manila.

Tugade attended law school at the San Beda College of Law where he was classmates with President Rodrigo Duterte. He graduated magna cum laude in 1971. He completed his post-graduate studies at the National University of Singapore under the NUS-Stanford Executive Program in 1985.[4]

Career and businesses[edit]

Tugade engaged in private law practice before joining government service. He was a partner at Bengzon, Verano, Tugade and Escolin Law Office. He also pursued a career in global logistics, information technology, tourism and consumer products business serving as chairman and president of several firms, including Transnational Diversified Group, Yusen Air and Sea Services, TDG Asia Corporation, Harmony Organic Farms, and Easycall Communications.[5]

Tugade founded Perry's Realty, named after his son who died from asthma attack at age 12. The company grew to become Perry's Holding Corporation which employs more than 350 employees in 10 corporations of the Perry's Group of Companies which include Transglobal Equipment Leasing, Perry's Technology, ATP Travel, Perryome, Transglobal Trucking and Transglobal Consolidators, Inc.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Cabinet – DuterteWatch". Sun.Star. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Duterte names Tugade for DOTC, eyes Dominguez for DOF". Rappler. May 16, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Orejas, T. (February 2, 2013). "New CDC chief tackles changes in cultural, financial fronts". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Sabangan, A.C. (May 17, 2016). "Duterte's Art Tugade: Will the slum dweller-turned-businessman-lawyer become the next DOTC chief?". Interaksyon. Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Arthur P. Tugade: Executive Profile and Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Emilio Abaya
Secretary of Transportation
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Bernadette Romulo-Puyat
as Secretary of Tourism
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Transportation
Succeeded by
Fortunato dela Peña
as Secretary of Science and Technology