Romulo Valles
Archbishop of Davao
Valles in 2018
DioceseArchbishop of Davao
InstalledFebruary 11, 2012
PredecessorFernando Capalla
Other post(s)Archbishop of Zamboanga
President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines
OrdinationApril 6, 1976
ConsecrationAugust 6, 1997
by Gian Vincenzo Moreni
Personal details
Born (1951-07-10) July 10, 1951 (age 72)
Styles of
Romulo Valles
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop

Romulo Geolina Valles (born July 10, 1951), is the current archbishop of the Archdiocese of Davao in Davao City, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines and the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines since December 1, 2017. He was the former archbishop of Zamboanga before being appointed to the Davao see.


He was ordained a priest on 6 April 1976 at the age of 24. On 6 August 1997, aged 46, he was elevated to a bishop, and appointed to Kidapawan, Philippines. After 9 years, he was elevated to Archbishop of Zamboanga on 13 November 2006. He was appointed Archbishop of Davao on February 12, 2012, Valles took over the Davao archdiocese from Archbishop Fernando Capalla, 77, whose resignation has been accepted by the pontiff. The new archbishop was installed in a solemn liturgical rite of reception in which he canonically took possession of the metropolitan cathedral church, the San Pedro Cathedral, on May 22, 2012, in the presence of Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, cardinals, other archbishops, bishops, priests, and laity from Davao City, and all over the country.

Valles was elected on July 8, 2017, as President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, succeeding Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas,[1] assuming the post on December 1, 2017.[2] He was reelected to the same position in 2019.[3]

On 23 May 2020, Valles suffered a mild stroke and was hospitalized until July 6 due to an acquired hospital pneumonia. Pablo Virgilio David, vice-president of the CBCP, was temporarily appointed acting president.[4] In July 2021, David was elected president by the CBCP and succeeded Valles assuming the position last December 1, 2021.[5]

On 23 April 2022, Ateneo de Davao University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. conferred upon Valles the Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa on the event of the 72nd Commencement Exercises of the University, the second event of its kind done virtually.


  1. ^ Araneta, Sandy (10 July 2017). "Davao bishop new CBCP president". The Manila Standard. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Newly elected CBCP officers". CBCP News. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  3. ^ "CBCP reelects Archbishop Valles as president". CBCPNews. 2019-07-06. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  4. ^ "Davao archbishop recovering from mild stroke: diocese". Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  5. ^ Depasupil, William (8 July 2021). "Staunch Duterte critic named CBCP president". The Manila Times. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
Catholic Church titles Preceded byJuan de Dios Pueblos Bishop of Kidapawan 1997–2006 Succeeded byRomulo T. Dela Cruz Preceded byCarmelo Morelos Archbishop of Zamboanga 2006–2012 Preceded byFernando Capalla Archbishop of Davao 2012–present Incumbent Preceded bySocrates Villegas CBCP President 2017–2021 Succeeded byPablo Virgilio David