President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. appointed Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), recognizing his long and distinguished career in the Philippine Foreign Service and vast experience in diplomacy.
President Marcos made preference on designating a career diplomat at the helm of the foreign affairs department to effectively advance the country’s interests in the international stage amid formidable challenges.
Secretary Manalo, who served the DFA for more than four decades, took his oath of office before President Marcos on Friday, July 1, in Malacañang.
While in the DFA, he was appointed as the department’s Undersecretary for Policy twice and became the principal adviser to the secretary of foreign affairs in matters involving the country’s relations with the international community under this capacity.
Also, Secretary Manalo served as the Philippines’ Senior Official in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Senior Officials Meeting, the working level mechanism for ASEAN policy formulation and priority-setting.
Having served as the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York prior to being appointed as foreign affairs secretary, he is an expert in multilateral diplomacy.
The new foreign affairs chief also served as the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
His other notable positions include becoming the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Belgium, Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, Minister Counselor and Deputy Permanent Representative in the Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, and First Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC.
Secretary Manalo holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
In recognition of his exceptional service to the country, he was awarded the Order of Lakandula with rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) in 2018, the Gawad Mabini with rank of Grand Cross (Dakilang Kamanong) in 2017, and the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross (Datu) in 2010.
He is married to Pamela Louise Hunt and has two sons.