|Profile of Cabinet Secretaries|
Sec. Alberto G. Romulo
Department of Foreign Affairs
Secretary Alberto "Bert" Romulo first joined government service as a member of former Pres. Corazon Aquino's economic team. He was a senator from 1987 to 2004, where he served as Majority Leader for five years.
He was named Finance Secretary in January 2001, having been appointed by outgoing Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He left this position in May 2001, but became Executive Secretary.
In June 8, 2001, he was appointed as Executive Secretary and became the Chairman of the Cabinet Oversight Committee on Internal Security, NEDA Board Executive Committee and 14 other offices and agencies. His incumbency ended on August 22, 2004.
On August 18, 2004, he was appointed Foreign Secretary, and still holds this position. He served as Chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN in 2007.
Sec. Romulo holds a Bachelor of Science of Commerce (CPA) from the De La Salle University in 1954, a Bachelor of Laws from Manuel L. Quezon University in 1958 and a Doctor of Laws in University of Madrid in 1963.
A recipient of the Gintong Ama Award, Sec. Romulo was also named Most Outstanding Senator of the Philippine Free Press, the Federation of Provincial Clubs, Congressweek magazine, the Senate Radio and Television Press Group and the Philippine Infrastructure Journal.