Cabinet of the Philippines

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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 20 executive departments and the heads of other several other minor agencies and offices that are subordinate to the President of the Philippines.

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.

Constitutional and legal basis[edit]

Appointment[edit]

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

Cabinet and Cabinet-level officials[edit]

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[edit]

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 (DAR).svg
Department of Agrarian Reform
Kagawaran ng Repormang Pansakahan
DAR Secretary of Agrarian Reform
Kalihim ng Repormang Pansakahan
John Castriciones 2018 (cropped).jpg
Hon. John Rualo Castriciones
December 1, 2017
Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.svg
Department of Agriculture
Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka
DA Secretary of Agriculture
Kalihim ng Pagsasaka
Ph18-011817 JARL04 (cropped).jpg
Hon. Emmanuel Fantin Piñol
June 30, 2016
Department of Budget and Management (DBM).svg
Department of Budget and Management
Kagawaran ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala
DBM Secretary of Budget and Management
Kalihim ng Pagbabadyet at Pamamahala
Benjamin Diokno DBM.jpg
Hon. Benjamin Erestain Diokno
June 30, 2016
Department of Education.svg
Department of Education
Kagawaran ng Edukasyon
DepEd Secretary of Education
Kalihim ng Edukasyon
DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.jpg
Hon. Leonor Magtolis-Briones
June 30, 2016
Seal of the Department of Energy (Philippines).svg
Department of Energy
Kagawaran ng Enerhiya
DOE Secretary of Energy
Kalihim ng Enerhiya
Alfonso Cusi NAPOCOR.jpg
Hon. Alfonso Gaba Cusi
June 30, 2016
Seal of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.svg
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Kayamanan
DENR Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources
Kalihim ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Kayamanan
Roy Cimatu NAPOCOR.jpg
Hon. Roy Agullana Cimatu
May 8, 2017
Department of Finance (DOF).svg
Department of Finance
Kagawaran ng Pananalapi
DOF Secretary of Finance
Kalihim ng Pananalapi
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III (cropped).jpg
Hon. Carlos Garcia Dominguez III
June 30, 2016
Seal of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.svg
Department of Foreign Affairs
Kagawaran ng Ugnayang Panlabas
DFA Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Kalihim ng Ugnayang Panlabas
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano 2018.jpg
Hon. Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano
May 18, 2017
Department of Health (DOH) PHL.svg
Department of Health
Kagawaran ng Kalusugan
DOH Secretary of Health
Kalihim ng Kalusugan
Francisco Duque III 2017.jpg
Hon. Francisco Tiongson Duque III
October 26, 2017
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).svg
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
Eliseo Rio, Jr. 2018 (cropped).jpg
Hon. Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr. (Acting)
September 22, 2017
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Seal - Logo.svg
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
PDEA pressbriefing Eduardo Ano Apr 30 2018 (cropped 2).jpg
Hon. Eduardo Manahan Año (OIC)
January 4, 2018
Department of Justice (DOJ).svg
Department of Justice
Kagawaran ng Katarungan
DOJ Secretary of Justice
Kalihim ng Katarungan
Menardo Guevarra 2018.jpg
Hon. Menardo Ilasco Guevarra
April 5, 2018
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).svg
Department of Labor and Employment
Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo
DOLE Secretary of Labor and Employment
Kalihim ng Paggawa at Empleyo
SEC. SILVESTRE H. BELLO III.jpg
Hon. Silvestre Hernando Bello III
June 30, 2016
Department of National Defense - DND (Philippines).svg
Department of National Defense
Kagawaran ng Tanggulang Pambansa
DND Secretary of National Defense
Kalihim ng Tanggulang Pambansa
Delfin Lorenzana (cropped).jpg
Hon. Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana
June 30, 2016
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).svg
Department of Public Works and Highways
Kagawaran ng Pagawaing Bayan at Lansangan
DPWH Secretary of Public Works and Highways
Kalihim ng Pagawaing Bayan at Lansangan
Mark A. Villar dpwh portrait.png
Hon. Mark Aguilar Villar
August 1, 2016
DOST seal.svg
Department of Science and Technology
Kagawaran ng Agham at Teknolohiya
DOST Secretary of Science and Technology
Kalihim ng Agham at Teknolohiya
Fortunato de la Peña (cropped).jpg
Hon. Fortunato Tanseco de la Peña
June 30, 2016
Seal of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.svg
Department of Social Welfare and Development
Kagawaran ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
DSWD Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Kalihim ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
DSWD Acting Sec Virginia Orogo May 2018.jpg
Hon. Virginia Nazarrea Orogo (Acting)
May 10, 2018
Department of Tourism (DOT).svg
Department of Tourism
Kagawaran ng Turismo
DOT Secretary of Tourism
Kalihim ng Turismo
Oath-taking Ceremony of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat (cropped).jpg
Hon. Bernadette Fatima Romulo-Puyat
May 8, 2018
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).svg
Department of Trade and Industry
Kagawaran ng Kalakalan at Industriya
DTI Secretary of Trade and Industry
Kalihim ng Kalakalan at Industriya
Ramon lopez cropped.jpg
Hon. Ramón Mangahas López
June 30, 2016
Department of Transportation (Philippines).svg
Department of Transportation
Kagawaran ng Transportasyon
DOTr Secretary of Transportation
Kalihim ng Transportasyon
Arthur Tugade Aug 2017.jpg
Hon. Arthur Planta Tugade
June 30, 2016

Officials with Cabinet-level rank[edit]

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
Office of the Executive Secretary.png
Executive Secretary
Tanggapan ng Kalihim Tagapagpaganap
ES (TKT) Executive Secretary
Kalihim Tagapagpaganap
Hon. Salvador Campo Medialdea June 30, 2016
Office of the Cabinet Secretary.png
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
Tanggapan ng Kalihim ng Gabinete[1]
OCS (TKG) Cabinet Secretary
Kalihim ng Gabinete
Hon. Leoncio Badilla Evasco Jr. June 30, 2016
Ph seal office of presidential spokesperson (English).png
Office of the Presidential Spokesperson
Tanggapan ng Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo
OPS (TTP) Presidential Spokesperson
Tagapagsalita ng Pangulo
Hon. Herminio Harry Lopez Roque Jr. (Concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights) October 30, 2017
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).svg
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 (NEDA).svg
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
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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 Security Council of the Philippines.svg
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
Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).svg
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. Prospero E. De Vera III (OIC) January 26, 2018
Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.svg
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
Presidential Management Staff (PMS).svg
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
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).svg
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
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.png
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
Commission on Filipinos Overseas.svg
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
Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).svg
Mindanao Development Authority
Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Mindanao
MinDA (PPM) Chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority
Tagapangulo ng Pangasiwaan sa Pagpapaunlad ng Mindanao
Hon. Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto September 12, 2016
Seal of the National Anti-Poverty Commission Philippines.svg
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. Liza Lagroza Maza[3] June 30, 2016
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in the Philippines.svg
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. Jesus Gestuveo Dureza June 30, 2016
Presidential Legislative Liason Office (PLLO).svg
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
Coat of arms of the Philippines.svg
Office of the Political Adviser
Tanggapan ng Tagapayong Pulitikal
OPA (TTP) Political Adviser
Tagapayong Pulitikal
Hon. Francis Ng Tolentino July 11, 2017
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. Christopher Lawrence Tesoro Go June 30, 2016
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).svg
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. Guiling A. Mamondiong July 15, 2016
Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).svg
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 January 4, 2018
Office of the Solicitor General of the Philippines (OSG).svg
Office of the Solicitor General
Tanggapan ng Tagausig Panlahat
OSG (TTP) Solicitor General
Tagausig Panlahat
Hon. Jose Callangan Calida June 30, 2016
Climate Change Commission of the Philippines.svg
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
Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GCG).svg
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 G. Dagpin Jr. November 3, 2016
Philippine Competition Commission (PCC).svg
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 M. Balisacan January 27, 2016
Office of the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers
Tanggapan ng Pampanguluhang Tagapayo sa mga Manggagawang Pilipino 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
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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. National Artist Virgilio S. Almario
(De facto Minister of Culture)
January 5, 2017

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Mabini Cabinet (January 21, 1899 - May 7, 1899)

  • Apolinario Mabini - Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister.
  • Mariano Trias - Finance
  • Teodoro Sandico - Interior
  • Baldomero Aguinaldo - National Defense
  • Gracio Gonzaga - Welfare

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Philippine Executive Commission[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 Cabinet of the Presidents[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Duterte appoints experts to DICT, MECO, NAPC". Presidential Communications Operations Office. Retrieved July 1, 2016.

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