Renato de Villa

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Renato de Villa is a political figure in the Philippines and founder of the rightist Partido ng Demokratikong Reporma-Lapiang Manggagawa Party.

Early Life and Education

He was born on July 20, 1935. He studied at San Juan Elementary School and at Batangas Eastern Academy. He took Engineering at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) before he took the entrance tests at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).

He holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Upon his graduation from the PMA in 1957, he was assigned by the Philippine Army in a Hukbalahap-infested Quezon Province. From there, he held responsible positions in the military service.


He served as the Battalion Commander of the 61st Battalion in Zamboanga del Norte and was awarded as the "Presidential Streamer as the PC battalion of the year" Award for 1976. He was also awarded the “Provincial Command of the Year” in 1977 for his service as Provincial Commander/Police Superintendent of the Negros Occidental PC/INP Command. He was also awarded the “Regional Command of the Year” in 1985 for his service as Regional Commander of PC/INP Regional Command 5 (Bicol Region).

Among his other positions were:

  • Commander, Civic Action Detachment, PHILCAG V, South Vietnam, 1968
  • Commandant of Cadets, Philippine Military Academy, 1978
  • Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3, General headquarters, AFP, 1981
  • Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Training and Organization, C3, Philippine Constabulary, 1982 *Superintendent, PC Training Command in Camp Castañada, Silang, Cavite, 1983
  • Chief of Constabulary and Director-General of the defunct Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police
  • Vice Chief of Staff Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Philippines

Upon his retirement from the military service in January 1988, he was appointed Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND) in 1991. He also served as chairman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC).

Awards and recognition

  • 1 Distinguished Conduct Star (DCS)
  • 5 Distinguished Silver Star (DSS)
  • 2 Philippine Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander)
  • 1 Outstanding Achievement medal
  • 5 Military Merit Medals
  • 1 Military Commendation Medal
  • 1 Army Commendation Medal
  • 1 Honor Medal, First Class (Army of Vietnam)
  • 1 U.S. Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander)
  • Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (the Most Esteemed Order of the crown of Malaysia)
  • Indonesian Legion of Honor (Degree of Commander)
  • The Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand (First Class Grand Knight Cross)
  • 1 Presidential unit Citation Medal (south Vietnam)
  • Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
  • 5 Presidential Unit Citation Badges
  • Anti-Dissidence Campaign Medal
  • Mindanao-Sulu Campaign Medal
  • Luzon Campaign Medal
  • Visayas Campaign Medal
  • 2 Cavalier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Command and Administration, PMA Alumni Association
  • Alumni Achievement Award (Triple "A" Award), AIM Alumni Association.

Personal life

He is married to Monica Barrica with whom he has four children: Ma. Mercedes Josefina de Villacolet, Patrick Roland B. De Villa, Katherine Johanna B. De Villa and Michael Celestino B. De Villa.

References “Renato S. De Villa”. Department of National Defense. Accessed 2 July 2020.  Department of National Defense. Accessed 19 December 2020.


Filipino politicians