Bienvenido Laguesma
Laguesma in 2022
25th Secretary of Labor and Employment
Assumed office
June 30, 2022
PresidentBongbong Marcos
Preceded bySilvestre Bello III
In office
June 30, 1998 – January 20, 2001
PresidentJoseph Estrada
Preceded byCresenciano Trajano (acting)
Succeeded byPatricia Santo Tomas
Undersecretary of Labor and Employment
In office
Personal details
Bienvenido Estudillo Laguesma

(1950-10-03) October 3, 1950 (age 73)
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Alma mater

Bienvenido Estudillo Laguesma (born October 3, 1950, in Santa Cruz, Manila)[1] is a Filipino government official, lawyer and businessman who is currently the Secretary of Labor and Employment under the Marcos Jr. administration since June 30, 2022.


Laguesma attended the Lyceum of the Philippines University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in political science in 1971. He then attended the Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with a law degree in 1975. He entered the Royal Institute of Public Administration as a Colombo Scholar and took up an administration course in 1985. He also finished a CES Development Program at the Development Academy of the Philippines in 1984.[2]



Laguesma started working at the Ministry of Labor and Employment (now Department of Labor and Employment; DOLE) in the 1970s during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos. Starting as a labor arbiter, he rose up through the ranks within the ministry.[3] He served as DOLE Undersecretary from 1990 to 1996 spanning the presidencies of Corazon Aquino and Fidel V. Ramos. From 1996 to 1998, Laguesma was Presidential Assistant for Ramos. He would then serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) from 1998 to 2001 during the administration of President Joseph Estrada.[2]

He was also the commissioner of the Social Security System (Philippines) during President Benigno Aquino III's term.[4]

He was offered to reprise his role as DOLE Secretary by president-elect Bongbong Marcos. He was initially reluctant citing his age but accepted Marcos' offer.[5]


Laguesma runs his own private law firm and was the director of Philex Mining Corporation and the First Metro Investment Corporation.[3]


  1. ^ "Bienvenido E. Laguesma" (PDF). Social Security System (Philippines). Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Cabanban, Seth (May 26, 2022). "The #MarcosCabinet: Bienvenido Laguesma, DOLE secretary". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Domingo, Katrina (May 24, 2022). "Returning DOLE chief Laguesma: 'No magic wand, quick fix' to solve PH labor issues". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  4. ^ "Ex-SSS commissioner Laguesma to return to role of labor secretary". The Philippine Star. May 23, 2022. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  5. ^ Ramos, Christia Marie (May 24, 2022). "Laguesma: Returning to DOLE a 'tough' choice but also a 'chance of a lifetime'". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
Political offices Preceded byCresenciano Trajano Acting Secretary of Labor and Employment 1998–2001 Succeeded byPatricia Santo Tomas Preceded bySilvestre Bello III Secretary of Labor and Employment 2022–present Incumbent Order of precedence Preceded byVacantas Secretary of Education Order of Precedence of the Philippinesas Secretary of Labor and Employment Succeeded byGilbert Teodoroas Secretary of National Defense