Jesli Lapus

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Jesli A. Lapus
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry
In office
March 15, 2010 – June 30, 2010
Preceded by Peter Favila
Succeeded by Gregory Domingo
Secretary of the Philippine Department of Education
In office
October 4, 2006 – March 15, 2010
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Preceded by Fe Hidalgo
Succeeded by Mona Valisno
Representative of 3rd District of Tarlac
In office
June 30, 1998 – October 4, 2006
Preceded by Herminio Aquino
Succeeded by Jeci Lapus
Undersecretary of Department of Agrarian Reform
In office
June 30, 1987 – September 9, 1989
Personal details
Born Jesli A. Lapus
(1949-09-12) September 12, 1949 (age 66)
Tarlac City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Relations Jesus R. Lapus (father)
Estrella S. Aquino (mother)
Alma mater Philippine School of Business Administration
Profession Professional Manager, Academic
Religion Roman Catholic

Jesli Lapus (born 1949) is a former Congressman of Tarlac, former Secretary of Education[1] and uncle of President Benigno Aquino III.

Early life and education[edit]

Jesli Aquino-Lapus was born on September 12, 1949 in Tarlac City. He attended the Little Flower Academy (Holy Spirit Academy) in Tarlac for his elementary and secondary education. In 1969, he earned a BS in accountancy from the Philippine School of Business Administration / St. Louis University in Baguio City, finishing college in three years and subsequently passing the accountancy board exams. He obtained a Masters in Business Management (MBM) from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), graduating in 1973. In 1998, Lapus was conferred a doctorate in public administration (honoris causa) by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP).

Lapus also attended several post-graduate studies:

  • Investment Appraisals and Management – Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
  • Management of Transfer of Technology – INSEAD, France
  • Project Management – BITS, Sweden
  • Personal Financial Planning – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Private sector[edit]

The management career of Lapus started at a very young age. This earned for him the title, “Management Whiz Kid in the ASEAN,” given by Asian Finance international magazine. At 20, he worked as an auditor and consultant at SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Company (SGV & Co.). He then became the chief financial officer (CFO) of the Ramcar Group of Companies at age 23. From 1979 to 1986, Lapus worked as managing director and chief operating officer (COO) of Triumph International (Philippines), Inc. He also worked in the banking sector, serving as director of Union Bank of the Philippines from 1988 to 1992.

Lapus was among the original core faculty members of AIM's Masters in Development Management program and has taught at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Maryknoll College (now Miriam College). He has also conducted executive training courses in Indonesia and Malaysia.

  • Auditor and consultant of Sycip, Gorres and Velayo (1969–1973)
  • Vice president and chief finance officer of RAMCAR Inc. Group of Companies (1973–1979)
  • Managing director and chief operating officer of Triumph International Philippines (1979–1986)
  • Agrarian reform undersecretary of Department of Agrarian Reform (1987–1989)
  • Director of Union Bank of the Philippines (1988–1992)
  • President and chief executive officer of Pacific Products Inc. (1990–1992)
  • President of Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (1994–1995)
  • President, chief executive officer, and vice chairman of the board of directors of Land Bank of the Philippines (1992–1998)

Executive branch of government[edit]

Lapus has served in the cabinets of three Philippine Presidents. From 1987 to 1989, he served as undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) under the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino. He established the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Fund and the Support Services Sector of DAR.

During the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos, Lapus served as president, chief executive officer (CEO), and vice chairman of the board of directors of Land Bank of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998.

Under the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Lapus was appointed Secretary of Education in 2006. In 2010, Lapus became the Secretary of Trade and Industry.

  • Representative, 3rd district, Tarlac (1998–2007)
  • Secretary, Department of Education (2006-2010)
  • President, South East Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) (2006-2007)
  • Executive Boardmember, UNESCO (2005-2006)
  • Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry (2010)
  • Independent Director in several listed companies in the Philippines (2010–present)

Committee memberships[edit]

  • Chairman, Ways and Means Committee. Principal Author and Sponsor of the 2005 Fiscal Reforms Measures
  • Chairman, Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms. Principal Author and Sponsor of the Absentee Voting Law which fulfilled the 1987 Constitutional Provision for overseas electoral rights.
  • Vice Chairman, Appropriations
  • Accounts
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Restoration
  • Agrarian Reform
  • Banks and Financial IntermediarieS
  • Bases Conversion
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Energy
  • Legislative Franchises
  • National Culture Communities


  1. ^ Alcuin Papa Irene R. (September 11, 2006). "Education". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 May 2013.