Alfonso Gaba Cusi (born 4 December 1949) is a Filipino businessman and government official. He is the current secretary of the Department of Energy under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was sworn into office on 30 June 2016.
As of July 2021, Cusi is the president of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP–Laban), to which President Duterte belongs. From being the party’s vice president, he rose to the presidency after boxer and senator Emmanuel Pacquiao was ousted from the position. From 2001 to 2010, Cusi was an official in the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, serving as head of a number of government agencies for air and sea transportation.
Early life and education
Cusi was born on 4 December 1949 in the municipality of Capiz (now Roxas City) in the province of Capiz. He earned his bachelor’s degree from La Salle College Bacolod (now University of St. La Salle) in 1972 and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of the Philippines Cebu in 1976.
Career and businesses
Cusi began his career in 1973 as an assistant comptroller for the Aboitiz Shipping Company. After holding a number of positions in the company, including as credit collection manager, purchasing manager and trucking manager, he became assistant to the president in 1977, assistant vice president in 1979, vice president in 1983, and general manager and executive vice president in 1985. His last roles in the company were as senior vice president and director before resigning in 1990.
After leaving the Aboitiz Shipping Company, Cusi founded his own shipping, logistics and distribution companies. In 1995, he established Starlite Ferries, a passenger ferry company which serves the provinces of Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Aklan, Cebu and Surigao del Norte. In 2017, he sold the company to Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, whose parent company is Udenna Corporation, a company owned by businessman Dennis Uy, who has close ties to President Duterte. Cusi also founded Starlite Cargo Express, Inc, which offers cargo and freight forwarding services. Cusi also ventured into retail, putting up Quickstop, a chain of convenience stores.
He entered government service in 2001, when he accepted then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s offer to be the general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority. In 2004, Cusi was tasked by Arroyo to helm the Manila International Airport Authority. In March 2010, he became director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. He resigned from this position in December 2010 and shifted his focus to his companies.
In addition to tending to his own businesses, Cusi also sat on the board of mining company Intex Resources Philippines after his initial stint in government. He also had an involvement in Double Concept Investments, Ltd. before being sworn in as secretary of the Department of Energy in June 2016.
- https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1460779/pacquiao-out-cusi-in-as-pdp-laban-president "Pacquiao out, Cusi in as PDP-Laban president". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
- https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1077000/dennis-uy-admits-close-ties-with-duterte-cabinet-members Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 23, 2021