Karlo Nograles

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Karlo Nograles
Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines
Assumed office
November 5, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byLeoncio Evasco Jr.
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City's 1st District
In office
June 30, 2010 – November 5, 2018
Preceded byProspero C. Nograles
Succeeded byPaolo Duterte
Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations
In office
August 1, 2016 – November 5, 2018
Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employment
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Assistant Majority Leader
In office
July 26, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Personal details
Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles

(1976-09-03) September 3, 1976 (age 42)
Davao City, Philippines
Political partyPDP–Laban (September 2, 2017 – present)
Other political
National Unity Party
Spouse(s)Marga Maceda Montemayor
ChildrenKarlos Mateo Montemayor Nograles
Kristian Massimo Montemayor Nograles
Katarina Mikaelle Montemayor Nograles
ParentsProspero Nograles
Rhodora Burgos Bendigo Nograles
Alma materAteneo de Manila University

Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles (born September 3, 1976) is a Filipino politician who served as congressman for the 1st District of Davao City from 2010 to 2018. He is currently serving as the Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines since November 2018. He is an advocate of Education for All, a global movement that supports farmers and agriculture-related programs and gives more opportunities to provinces.

In the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, Karlo was among those who encouraged then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to run for highest position in the land. He was a member of the National Unity Party or NUP before being sworn in by President Rodrigo Duterte as a member of the PDP-Laban during his 41st birthday in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Karlo Nograles was born on September 3, 1976 in Davao City to Prospero Nograles, former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, and Rhodora Burgos Bendigo Nograles.[1] He has three siblings, namely: Kristine (Tinky), Jericho Jonas (Koko), and Margarita Ignacia (Migs).


Karlo attended grade school in Ateneo de Davao University from 1983 to 1989, where he graduated valedictorian of his class. In high school, he was admitted to the Philippine Science High School Main Campus until 1993 where he finished with a C.A.T. Leadership Award. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1997 under his belt, Karlo then took a Juris Doctor degree in 2003 at the Ateneo de Manila Law School.[2]

Political career[edit]

Karlo kickstarted his political career as the Chief-of-Staff of his father who was then serving as the member of the House of Representatives. In 2010, he was elected to public office as the representative of the 1st district of Davao City. In his second term as representative, he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employmentat the House of Representatives.[3] As chairman, he focused on building upon the gains of his program for education, prioritizing livelihood and employment opportunities for thousands of his graduate scholars as well as expanding technical skills development and community-based livelihood training programs. In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, Karlo has been conducting job fairs in the 54 barangays of his district, bringing employment opportunities closer to the people. The annual Oplan Kabuhayan Job Fair has become one of the biggest and most anticipated events for job seekers in the Davao Region.

He is now serving his third and final term in Congress, having ran unopposed in the recently concluded 2016 Philippine National Elections. He also serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations where he maneuvered the funding of the Free Higher Education Law.

Accomplishments as Chairman of Committee on Appropriations[edit]

Karlo Nograles is notable for allocating budget for Free Higher Education.

In 2017, he allotted a total of P40 billion to fund free education for students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs) for school year 2018–2019.[4]

Before 2017 ended, he appropriated P3.767 trillion for the 2018 national budget. Initially ridden with conflicting proposals with the Senate's version of the bill and budget cuts, the 'impasse' plaguing the proposed budget was resolved after a Bicameral Conference Committee meeting.[5]

Early in 2018, he allocated a P25-billion budget for Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program to further improve the military's fighting capabilities. This initiative covers the acquisition of brand new attack helicopters, tanks, and other military hardware.[6] In addition to what he has done in the military sector, he also allotted funds amounting to P64.2 billion for the salary increase of military and uniformed personnel (MUP). MUPs (soldiers and police among others) was promised a hundred percent increase on their first payday for 2018.[7]

In accordance with his Free Irrigation Law which was signed in February 2018, he allocated P2.6 billion for irrigation fee subsidies for 2018, which is higher than the P2 billion irrigation budget for 2017.[8]

Committee membership[edit]

While Karlo Nograles is known as the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, he is/was also part of the following committees:

Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City's First District
15th Congress Assistant Majority Leader
Vice chairman, Committee on Human Rights
Member, Committee on Dangerous Drugs;
Good Government and Public Accountability;
Government Reorganization;
Health; Public Order and Safety;
Revision of Laws; Rules;
Suffrage and Electoral Reforms; Transportation
16th Congress Chairman, Committee on Labor and Employment
Vice-Chairman, Committee on Human Rights
Vice-Chairman, Committee on Revision of Laws
Member, Committee on Constitutional Amendments;
Energy; Higher and Technical Education;
Housing and Urban Development; Transportation;
Ways and Means; Dangerous Drugs
17th Congress
Member, Committee on Constitutional Amendments;
Mindanao Affairs


Karlo Nograles has projects namely[9] Oplan Kaalam,[10] Oplan Kalinga,[11] Oplan Kabuhayan,[12] Oplan Kalusugan,[13] Oplan Kahayag,[14] Oplan Kalikasan,[15] Oplan Kalakasan,[16] Oplan Kalamboan.[17] His brainchild projects are Oplan Kaalam and Jobstart.

Oplan Kaalam[18]

Oplan Kaalam program was first conceptualized by Karlo Nograles in May 2001 upon the election of his father, Former Speaker of the House Prospero Nograles. Oplan Kaalam is an Educational Scholarship Program of the congressman. This program is a college scholarship designed especially for less fortunate but deserving students.

It was in school year 2002–2003 that the Oplan Kaalam program sponsored its first batch of 47 promising students. These students belonged to families who could not afford to send their kids to college.

The number of scholars increased to 308 the next school year. The program extended its support to students taking up master's degree and Technical-Vocational courses in the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in Davao City. Then, in school year 2005–2006, the number of scholars increased to more than a thousand.

To develop the program even more, Nograles proposed to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to give financial assistance to other college students enrolled in private universities and colleges.

Under the CHED-Nograles Oplan Kaalam scholarship, each scholar is entitled to receive a P5,000 financial assistance per school year to cover part of their tuition fee. In exchange, the student scholars must not acquire any failing marks and is required to render at least one-day community service in their barangays.

For school year 2008–2009, Karlo Nograles also started the free school supplies program in Davao City. Its objective is to give poverty-stricken students of elementary and high schools school supplies to help them in their studies.

Karlo has also established a strong partnership with TESDA for scholarships in technical vocational institutions as well as community-based livelihood training programs. Because of this, he was awarded the sought after TESDA KABALIKAT Award for Region XI in 2013 and 2015.[19][20]

JobStart Philippines Act (RA 10869)[21]

Karlo Nograles was the principal author of Republic Act (RA) 10869 or the JobStart Philippines Act. The JobStart program addresses youth unemployment in the country by making young Filipinos work-ready through skills training and knowledge transfer.

Under the DO 179, a JobStart trainee must be a Filipino citizen aged 18 to 24 years old and must have reached at least high school level.[22]

The JobStart Program is part of the Technical Assistance Program on Employment Facilitation for Inclusive Growth (EFIG), a synergy between DOLE, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Government of Canada. It seeks to pave the way for necessary reforms needed to make the country's labor market more pragmatic, responsive, and attuned to the demands of the global economy. The program's objective is to raise job placement to at least 80 percent from the current 60–65 percent rate of young jobseekers ages 18–24, who are either currently not working, or has less than a year of work experience; not enrolled in an educational or training program; or at least completed a high school education or more.[23]

Law Authorship[edit]

Karlo Nograles is known for being the author of three landmark laws namely, Republic Act 10771 or The Green Jobs Act,[24] which grants special tax deductions and duty-free importation of capital equipment for companies that will help create employment that contributes to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment or a "green economy" for the Philippines; Republic Act 10869 or the JobStart Philippines Act[25] which enhances opportunities and employment facilitation for Filipino youth through enhanced knowledge and skills acquisition through formal and technical education and a shortened school-to-work transition to increase chances of productive employment; and Republic Act 10741[26] that strengthens the operations of the National Labor Relations Commission.

Laws Passed

The following are some of the laws passed by Karlo Nograles:

  • Republic Act No. 10969, or the Free Irrigation Service Act, exempts farmers with landholdings of eight hectares or less from paying irrigation fees to the National Irrigation Authority (NIA). It also erases all unpaid fees, including interests and penalties owed by farmers to NIA.[27]
  • Republic Act No. 10771, or Philippine Green Jobs Act, which creates job opportunities in the field of green technology to promote environmental protection and gives fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to businesses that have used fewer natural resources in their production process.[28]
  • Republic Act No. 10741 amends and strengthens Articles 220 and 222 of the Labor Code of the Philippines to ensure better resolution of labor disputes.[29]

Ongoing Bills

Below are some of the bills authored by Karlo Nograles:

  • House Bill Nos. 61, 256, 1465, and 3938, Right to Adequate Food Framework Act, or the Zero Hunger Bill, seeks to end hunger in the Philippines 10 years after it has been passed into law, specifically intended to lessen hunger incidence in the Philippines by 25 percent every two and half years after enactment.[30]
  • Senate Bill 1279, or National School Feeding Program Act aims to institutionalize school feeding programs across the Philippines to combat hunger and undernutrition among students and provides young students of government-run schools one hot meal per day.[31]
  • House Bill 6571, or Medical Scholarship and Return Service Program Act which offers scholarship to medical students in state universities and colleges (SUCs) provided that they agree to serve in the Philippines for at least eight years after passing the licensure examination. It also intends to augment doctors in provinces and make quality health care accessible to poor people.[32]
  • House Bill 6009, or Transportation Network Service Act, aims to institutionalize Transport Network Services (TNS) as an alternative mode of public transport. It also aims to set regulations for the operation of TNS to ensure safe public conveyance while encouraging free enterprise and economic development.[33]
  • House Bill No. 7302, or Budget Reform Act intends to modernize the Philippines' budgetary system via establishing a detailed breakdown of funds to line agencies with the passage of General Appropriations Act. It also aims to shift from a two-year obligation budget to an annual cash-based budget to avoid underspending and funds usurpation.[34]
  • House Bill 7393, or Magna Carta for Barangays aims to regularize barangay officials as government employees with fixed salaries, allowances, and benefits to effectively and efficiently perform their roles in delivering basic services and facilities to their respective communities.[35]

Organizations and Affiliation[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He is the recipient of the Golden Globe Awards for Excellence in Public Service in 2015 and 2016.[39] He was also awarded the Outstanding Congressman Award in 2012[40][41][42] and again in 2015[43] by the prestigious international award giving body Superbrands Marketing International for exceptional leadership and community service towards nation building.[44] Nograles also took part as chairman of the Board of Jurors tasked to judge the awardees of the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that was held last December 27, 2017 at the Kia Theatre in Cubao.[45][46]

Karlo Nograles is married to Marga Maceda Montemayor, a social entrepreneur and an advocate for women and Mindanao. They have three children; Karlos Mateo, Kristian Massimo, and Katarina Mikaelle.

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "About". Karlo Nograles. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Attendance Record of Housemembers" (PDF). congress. July 17, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "House panel realigns P40 billion to fund free education by 2018". CNN.
  5. ^ "Bicam breaks 'impasse' on 2018 national budget —Nograles". GMA News Online.
  6. ^ "Solon says P25-B AFP upgrades a message to terrorists: 'We're capable of defeating you'". GMA Network. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "AFP and PNP salary increase". Manila Bulletin.
  8. ^ "Duterte signs law giving free irrigation service to small farmers". CNN.
  9. ^ "Projects". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "OPLAN KAALAM". Karlo Nograles. March 26, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "OPLAN KALINGA". Karlo Nograles. March 26, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "OPLAN KABUHAYAN". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "OPLAN KALUSUGAN". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  14. ^ "OPLAN KAHAYAG". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "OPLAN KALIKASAN". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "OPLAN KALAKASAN". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "OPLAN KALAMBOAN". Karlo Nograles. March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "OPLAN KAALAM". March 25, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "Hon. Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Davao City Cong. Karlo Nograles: "Meaningful Change Makes A Nation"". orangemagazine. September 23, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "JobStart Philippines Program now Republic Act 10869". House of Representative. July 2, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "JobStart could end youth unemployment: Nograles". Philippine News Agency. September 28, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  23. ^ "JobStart Program update: Baldoz calls for convergence in JobStart Program roll-out phase; 3,200 to benefit in 2015". Department of Labor and Employment. August 14, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "Nograles bats for more green jobs investments". EdgeDavao. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  25. ^ "JobStart could end youth unemployment: Nograles". Philippines News Agency. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  26. ^ "Republic Act No. 10741". Official Gazette. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  27. ^ "Duterte signs free irrigation law". The Manila Times. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  28. ^ "Nograles bats for more green jobs investments". Edge Davao. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  29. ^ "Law strengthening NLRC to further guarantee faster, more efficient resolution of labor disputes, Baldoz assures". DOLE. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  30. ^ "House panel OKs funding for 'Zero Hunger Bill'". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  31. ^ "Senate approves Nat'l School Feeding Program bill on 3rd reading". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  32. ^ "House passes medical scholarship bill". Philippine Star. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  33. ^ "2 solons seek to end row between LTFRB, ride-sharing firms". Inquirer. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  34. ^ "Budget-reform bill now up for House plenary approval". Business Mirror. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  35. ^ "Nograles brothers file bill to fix salaries of barangay officials". Business Mirror. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  36. ^ "Hon. Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  37. ^ "The 51st Hijos de Davao Celebration". Mindanao TImes. July 5, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  38. ^ "Malanyaon is Golden Globe Outstanding Filipino Achiever". edgedavao. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  39. ^ "Hon. Karlo Alexei Bendigo Nograles". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  40. ^ "The Outstanding Congressman Award 2012". issuu. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  41. ^ "Malanyaon is Golden Globe Outstanding Filipino Achiever". edgedavao. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  42. ^ "Malanyaon is Golden Globe Outstanding Filipino Achiever". SunStar Davao. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  43. ^ "Karlo Nograles, Lani Mercado hailed as outstanding politikos". Politiko Visayas. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  44. ^ "Nograles named as among 20 Outstanding Congressmen". National Unity Party. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  45. ^ "Artistahin! Davao Rep. Karlos Nograles chairs MMFF 2017 board of jurors". Politiko Mindanao.
  46. ^ "Congressman Karlo Nograles on the MMFF". Manilastandard.net.
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Prospero C. Nograles
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Davao City's 1st District
Political offices
Preceded by
Leoncio Evasco Jr.
Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Salvador Medialdea
as Executive Secretary of the Philippines
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Carlos Dominguez III
as Secretary of Finance