Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Kalihim ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad
Incumbent
Rex Gatchalian
since January 31, 2023
StyleThe Honourable
Member ofCabinet
AppointerThe President
with the consent of the Commission on Appointments
Term lengthNo fixed term
Inaugural holderGracio Gonzaga
FormationJanuary 21, 1899
(125 years ago)
 (1899-01-21)
Websitewww.dswd.gov.ph

The secretary of social welfare and development (Filipino: Kalihim ng Kagalingang Panlipunan at Pagpapaunlad) is the head of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and is a member of the President's Cabinet.[1]

The current secretary is Rex Gatchalian, who assumed office on January 31, 2023.

List of secretaries of social welfare and development

# Name Term Began Term Ended President
Minister of Welfare
1 Gracio Gonzaga January 21, 1899 May 7, 1899 Emilio Aguinaldo
Commissioner of Public Welfare
2 Jose Fabella November 15, 1921 November 15, 1935 Insular Government
(American occupation)
Secretary of Public Instruction, Health, and Public Welfare
3 Juan Nolasco November 15, 1935 December 24, 1941 Manuel L. Quezon
4 Sergio Osmeña December 24, 1941 August 1, 1944
Secretary of Justice, Labor and Welfare
5 Honorario Poblador, Sr. August 1, 1944 December 25, 1944 Sergio Osmeña
Act Mariano A. Eraña December 25, 1944 February 17, 1945
Secretary of Health and Public Welfare
6 Juan Salcedo February 17, 1945 November 10, 1945 Sergio Osmeña
7 Jose Locsin November 10, 1945 May 28, 1946
Secretary of Social Welfare
8 Asuncion Perez 1950 1953 Elpidio Quirino
9 Pacita Madrigal-Warns 1954 1955 Ramon Magsaysay
10 Amparo Villamor 1960 1961 Carlos P. Garcia
11 Tecla San Andres Ziga 1962 1963 Diosdado Macapagal
12 Jose O. Pelayo 1963 1965
13 Francisco T. Remotigue 1966 1967 Ferdinand E. Marcos
14 Gregorio Feliciano 1967 1971
15 Estefania Aldaba-Lim April 11, 1971 1976
Secretary of Social Services and Development
(15) Estefania Aldaba-Lim 1976 November 30, 1977 Ferdinand E. Marcos
16 Nathaniel Tablante December 1, 1977 March 28, 1978
Minister of Social Services and Development
17 Sylvia P. Montes March 28, 1978 February 25, 1986 Ferdinand E. Marcos
Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
18 Mita Pardo de Tavera February 25, 1986 June 30, 1992 Corazon C. Aquino
19 Corazon Alma de Leon June 30, 1992 June 30, 1995 Fidel V. Ramos
20 Lina B. Laigo June 30, 1995 June 30, 1998
21[A] Gloria Macapagal Arroyo June 30, 1998 October 12, 2000 Joseph Ejercito Estrada
22 Dulce Saguisag October 12, 2000 January 19, 2001
23 Corazon Soliman January 20, 2001 July 8, 2005 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Act Luwalhati Pablo July 8, 2005 July 20, 2005
24 Esperanza Cabral July 21, 2005 August 31, 2009
25 Celia Yangco September 1, 2009 June 30, 2010
(23) Corazon Soliman June 30, 2010 June 30, 2016 Benigno S. Aquino III
Ad Int Judy Taguiwalo June 30, 2016 August 16, 2017 Rodrigo Duterte
OIC Emmanuel Leyco[2] August 19, 2017 May 9, 2018
Act Virginia Orogo May 10, 2018 October 16, 2018
26 Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, AFP (Ret.) October 17, 2018 June 30, 2022
27 Erwin Tulfo[3] June 30, 2022 (reappointed October 4, 2022) December 27, 2022 Bongbong Marcos
Act Eduardo Punay (OIC) December 27, 2022 January 31, 2023
28 Rex Gatchalian January 31, 2023 present
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References

  1. ^ "DSWD Organizational Structure". dswd.gov.ph. DSWD. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Cepeda, Mara (August 19, 2017). "Usec Emmanuel Leyco is DSWD OIC – Malacañang". Rappler. Retrieved August 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Mercado, Neil Arwin (August 19, 2017). "Erwin Tulfo to serve as DSWD secretary; 4 other Marcos Cabinet members named". Inquirer.net. Retrieved May 30, 2022.