Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III, Filipino, 76 years old, was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment on 30 June 2016.
A seasoned lawyer, Sec. Bello served the Department of Justice, initially as Undersecretary from 1986 to 1991, and eventually as Justice Secretary until 1992. He was again appointed as Justice Secretary in 1998. Sec. Bello also served as the Solicitor General from 1996 to 1998. Sec. Bello is also a distinguished associate of several law firms.
As a public servant, Sec. Bello has served the government under four administrations in various capacities. He was the Chairman of the GRP Negotiating Panel for Peace Talks (2001 - 2004), served as CEO of the PNOC- Development & Management Corp. (2004 - 2005), CEO of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (2006), Presidential Adviser for New Government Centers (2007 - 2008), and Cabinet Secretary (2008 - 2010), acting as Oversight Officer for Indigenous People and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development for Region II. Sec. Bello also served in the 16th Congress (2013 - 2016) as representative for the 1BAP Party List.
Sec. Bello finished his BA Political Science degree from Manuel L. Quezon University in 1961, and took his Bachelor of Laws in 1970 from the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with distinction.