Alberto Romulo is a Filipino politician, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, under the Aquino administration, from 23 August 2004 to 25 February 2011.
Early life and education
Alberto “Bert” Romulo was born on 7 August 1933 in Camiling, Tarlac. He studied and graduated in 1954 at De La Salle University majoring in Bachelor of Science in Accounting, CPA. He continued his degree in Bachelor of Laws at Manuel L. Quezon University from which he graduated in 1958. He continued his Doctorate degree in Law in the University of Madrid and graduated in 1963.
Alberto Romulo began his political career in 1986 when former President Corazon Aquino appointed him as a member of the Philippine Economic Team and as Secretary of Budget and Management. It was during at this time when he also became the Chairman of Development Budget Coordinating Committee and a member of the Monetary Board.
From 1992 to 1996, he was the Senate Majority Leader. This earned him the Chairman position of Senate Committee on Rules, Senate Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies and Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Development. It was during this tenure when he created and established Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines).
From January 8 to June 7, 2001, he became the Secretary of the Department of Finance. It was on this year that he became the Governor of Asian Development Bank, World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. He was also the Chairman of Land Bank of the Philippines, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation and Trade and Investment Corporation of the Philippines.
In June 8, 2001, he was appointed as the Executive Secretary and became the Chairman of the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security, NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) Board Executive Committee and 14 other offices and agencies. His incumbency ended on August 22, 2004.
He was appointed secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs in August 2004 and served until February 2011. He also served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2007.
He was appointed chairman and director of the board of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in March 2017.
As a Senate Leader for five years, he passed a total of 55 legislation. These are:
- RA 7653 The New Central Bank Act (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)
- RA 7169 Philippine Veterans Bank Act
- RA 8282 The Social Security System Act (Revised)
- RA 675 The Salary Standardization Law
- RA 7743 Libraries Law
- RA 7170 Vital Organ Donation Act
- RA 7640 Joint Legislative-Executive development Counci (LEDAC) Law
- RA 735 Rural Bank Act
- RA 6810 The Kalakalan ng 20 Law
- RA 6683 Early Retirement Act
- RA 6948/7696 Benefits for Military Veterans and their Dependents
- RA 7833 Tax Exemption on Christmas Bonus
- RA 7642 Increasing Penalties for Tax Evasion
- RA 7661 Asset Privatization Trust and the Committee on Privatization Act
- RA 8281 Official Development Assistance Act
- RA 7880 Fair and Equitable Allocation of the DECS School and Classroom Budget
- RA 6716 Construction of Concrete Barangay Roads, Multipurpose Pavements in all Barangays
- RA 7368 Countrywide Industrialization Act
- RA 7905 Strengthening the Implementation of CARP Act
- RA 7277 Magna Carta for Disabled Persons
- RA 7111 Establishing an Investment Fund for Overseas Contract Workers
- RA 6686 Granting of Christmas Bonus and P1,000 Cash Gift to National and Local Government Officials
- RA 6846 Social Housing Investment Fund Act
- Jt. Res. 1 Increasing the Salaries of Government Employees Act
- RA 7891 Restoring the Tax and Duty Incentives to the Veterans Federation of the Philippines
- RA 8221 Capas National Shrine Act
- Jt. Res. 1 Legislative Executive Bases Council Act
- RA 6952 Oil Price Standby Fund Act
Awards and recognition
- Gintong Ama Award
- Most Outstanding Senator named by the Philippine Free Press, The Federation of Provincial Clubs, Congressweek, The Senate Radio and Television Press Group and the Philippine Infrastructure Journal
- Order of Sikatuna Award (DATU Rank)
- Rotary Club
- Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
- Philippine Jaycees
- Philippine Band of Mercy
- Foundation for Gifted Children
- Philippine Tuberculosis Society
He is married to Rosie Lovely Tecson-Romulo and they have four children named Guadalupe Romulo, Monserrat Romulo-Tantoco, Roman Romulo, Bernadette Romulo and Erwin Romulo.