Philippine order of precedence

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The Order of Precedence in the Philippines is the protocol used in ceremonially ranking government officials and other personages in the Philippines. It has no legal standing, and does not reflect the presidential line of succession nor the equal status of the three branches of government established in the 1987 Constitution.

Order of precedence[edit]

  1. HE The President (Benigno Aquino III)
  2. The Vice-President (Jejomar Binay)
  3. Former Presidents of the Philippines (in order of recency of term):
    1. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (20 January 2001 to 30 June 2010)
    2. Joseph Ejercito Estrada (30 June 1998 to 20 January 2001)
    3. Fidel Valdez Ramos (30 June 1992 to 30 June 1998)
  4. The President of the Senate (Franklin M. Drilon)
  5. The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.)
  6. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Maria Lourdes Sereno)
  7. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Albert del Rosario)
  8. Foreign Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (in order of presentation of their credentials, with the Apostolic Nuncio as the diplomatic corps' traditional primus inter pares)
    1. Dean of the Diplomatic Corps (Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto)
  9. The Executive Secretary (Paquito Ochoa, Jr.)
  10. The Secretary of Finance (Cesar Purisima)
  11. The Secretary of Justice (Leila de Lima)
  12. The Secretary of Agriculture (Proceso Alcala)
  13. The Secretary of Public Works and Highways (Rogelio Singson)
  14. The Secretary of Education (Armin Luistro FSC)
  15. The Secretary of Labor and Employment (Rosalinda Baldoz)
  16. The Secretary of National Defense (Voltaire Gazmin)
  17. The Secretary of Health (Janette P. Loreto - Garin)
  18. The Secretary of Trade and Industry (Gregory Domingo)
  19. The Secretary of Social Welfare and Development (Corazon Soliman)
  20. The Secretary of Agrarian Reform (Virgilio De Los Reyes)
  21. The Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Ramon Paje)
  22. The Secretary of Interior and Local Government (Mel Senen S. Sarmiento[1])
  23. The Secretary of Tourism (Ramon Jimenez, Jr.)
  24. The Secretary of Transportation and Communication (Joseph Emilio Abaya)
  25. The Secretary of Science and Technology (Mario Montejo)
  26. The Secretary of Budget and Management (Florencio Abad)
  27. The Secretary of Energy (Jericho Petilla)
  28. Foreign Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary
  29. The Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (Arsenio Balisacan)
  30. Presidential Communications Secretary (Herminio Coloma)
  31. The Director-General of the National Security Council (Cesar Garcia)
  32. The Head of the Presidential Management Staff (Julia Abad)
  33. Presidential Spokesperson (Edwin Lacierda)
  34. The Solicitor-General (Florin Hilbay)
  35. The Presidential Legal Counsel (Eduardo V. de Mesa)
  36. The Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (Francis Tolentino)
  37. The Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (Mehol Sadain)
  38. Other Presidential Advisers with Cabinet rank
  39. Members of the Senate (ordered by length of service)
  40. Members of the House of Representatives (ordered by length of service)
  41. Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
  42. The Commissioners of Constitutional Commissions
    1. The Civil Service Commission (Francisco Duque)
    2. The Commission on Elections (Sixto Brilliantes)
    3. The Commission on Audit (Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan)
  43. Members of the Council of State who are not Cabinet Members
  44. Acting Heads of Departments and Former Vice-Presidents of the Philippines
    1. Living Former Vice-Presidents
      1. Teofisto Guingona, Jr. (7 February 2001 – 30 June 2004)
      2. Noli de Castro (30 June 2004 – 30 June 2010)
  45. Undersecretaries for Foreign Affairs
    1. Undersecretary for Administration
    2. Undersecretary for International Economic Relations
    3. Undersecretary for Migrant and Workers Affairs
    4. Undersecretary for Policy
    5. Undersecretary for Special and Ocean Concerns
  46. Ambassadors of the Philippines assigned to foreign posts
  47. Undersecretaries of the Department, including the Assistant Executive Secretaries
  48. Assistant Secretaries of Departments, Directors-General and Chiefs of Mission I and II of the Department of Foreign Affairs
  49. The Governor of the Bangko Sentral (Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.)
  50. Foreign Charges d’Affaires de missi, Foreign Chargé d'Affaires ad interim
  51. The Mayor of the City of Manila (Joseph Ejercito Estrada; cf. 3.2, above)
  52. The Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals, the President of the University of the Philippines, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commissioners, or other officers with the rank of Undersecretary
    1. The Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals (Andres B. Reyes, Jr.)
    2. The President of the University of the Philippines (Alfredo E. Pascual MBA)
    3. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff (Gen. Hernando Iriberri AFP)
  53. Heads of permanent United Nations Agencies in the Philippines who hold the rank of Director
  54. Provincial Governors
  55. The Vice-Chief of Staff (Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu, AFP)
  56. Foreign Ministers-Counsellor, Counsellors of Embassies, Consuls General, Foreign Military Attaches with the rank of Major General or Rear Admiral, and other officers of equivalent rank in the Armed Forces of the Philippines
  57. Judges of the Regional Trial Courts
  58. First Secretaries of Foreign Embassies, Foreign Military Attaches with the rank of Brigadier General or Commodore, and other officers of equivalent rank in the Armed Forces
  59. Mayors of Chartered Cities
  60. Directors or Commissioners of Bureaus and Chiefs of Offices
  61. Presidents, Chairpersons, and Managers of Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations
  62. Second Secretaries and Consuls of Foreign Embassies, Foreign Military Attaches with the rank of Colonel or Lieutenant Colonel, and other officers of equivalent rank in the Armed Forces
  63. Third Secretaries and Vice-Consuls of Foreign Embassies, Foreign Military Attaches with the rank of Major or Captain and other officers of equivalent rank in the Armed Forces