Officers of the Senate Secretariat

The Senate Secretariat is headed by a Secretary, who is elected by members of the Senate. The Secretary assists the Senate President in extending adequate and timely legislative and administrative support to the offices of Senators. He exercises supervision and control over all the offices of the service units and officers and employees of the Secretariat. He formulates plans, policies and programs aimed at professionalizing the institution.

The Secretary is assisted by appointed deputy secretaries, and the Sergeant-at-Arms, who is also elected by the Senators. The Secretariat is divided into four major departments all under the Office of the Senate Secretary: the Legislation Department, the Administration and Financial Department, the Office of External Affairs and Relations, and the Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms.

Atty. Oscar G. Yabes

Senate Secretary

Education Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (University of the Philippines 1968)
Masters of Business Administrations (Indiana University, USA 1972)
Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines 1978)
Admitted to the Philippine Bar 1978
Admitted to the LL.M. Program of Columbia University on partial scholarship grant to Columbia Law School's Center for Law and Economic Studies (1986)
Birthday April 18, 1948
Birthplace Moncada Tarlac
Family Wife: Natividad U. Madrid
Children: Rod Vincent, Martin Konrad, Maria Giovana, Francesca Nina
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 6128
(632) 552-6735

M/Gen. Jose V. Balajadia Jr.


Education B.S. Aviation / A.B. English (Basa Airbase College 1971)
M.B.A. (De La Salle School of Business 1980)
Birthday November 23, 1943
Birthplace Baguio City
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 1406
(632) 552-6867

Atty. Edwin B. Bellen

Deputy Secretary for Legislation

Education A.B. Political Science (First three years, Bicol University. Graduated at University of Manila, 1986)
Bachelor of Laws (Manuel L. Quezon University, School of Law, 1992)
Diploma in Development Policy (University of Antwerp-Belgium, 1995)
Master in Public Administration and Management (University of Antwerp-Belgium, 1997)
Birthday June 27, 1958
Birthplace Sto. Domingo, Albay
Family Wife: Jacqueline Wong Bellen, RN
Children: Jethro Marvin, Karlo Michael, Gordon Philip
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 2314 / 2316
(632) 552-6808 / 09

Atty. Arnel Jose S. Bañas

Deputy Secretary for Administration and Financial Services

Education B.S. Tourism (University of the Phils. 1984, ranked 3rd)
Bachelor of Laws (Ateneo de Manila 1990)
Master of Laws (University of Warwick, England 1997; British Chevening Scholar)
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (University of Washington, Seattle USA 2008)
Birthday March 11, 1963
Birthplace Manila
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 4250 to 53
(632) 552-6798

Atty. Maria Valentina S. Santana-Cruz

Senate Legal Counsel

Education Bachelor of Arts in Economics (University of the Phils. 1984), cum laude
Bachelor of Laws (University of the Phils. 1988)
Birthday September 08, 1962
Birthplace Manila
Family Husband: Alfredo Alex S. Cruz III
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601to 6670 loc. 4117
(632) 552-6806

Peter Paul L. Pineda

Deputy Secretary for External Affairs and Relations

Education B.S. Social Works (University of the Phils. 1973)
M.P.A. (University of the Phils. 1978)
M.B.A. (Ateneo de Manila 1983)
Birthday June 29, 1952
Birthplace Butuan City
Family Wife: Annette Sandico
Children: Arsenio, Ma. Isabelle, Cristina, Paolo,
Carlos, Daniel
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 4101 to 03
(632) 552-6805

Atty. Yolanda D. Doblon

Director General, Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office

Education BSC-Acctg. (University of Nueva Caseres 1979)
Bachelor of Laws (MLQU 1986)
Birthday January 16, 1959
Birthplace Naga City
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 2138
(632) 552-6811
(632) 552-6887

Atty. Rodelio T. Dascil, MNSA

Director General, Senate Tax Study and Research Office

Education A.B. Political Science, Magna Cum Laude (Lyceum of the Philippines  1987)
Bachelor of Laws, Dean’s Lister (Lyceum of the Philippines 1995)
M.N.S.A. (National Defense College of the Philippines 2003)
Awarded a certificate of completion for the Comparative Tax Policy and Administration program, June 2012, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education
Birthday August 4, 1967
Family Wife: Mariel Gonzales
Children: Aloysius Roumelia, Justine Rodel and Barachiel Augustine
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 5507
(632) 552-6677

Antonio G. de Guzman Jr.

Director General, Office of the International Relations and Protocol

Education FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS (FSO) Eligibility (Department of Foreign Affairs, 1996)
(Ateneo de Manila University, 1983)
(Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore joint with School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, 2007)
Birthday April 11, 1961
Birthplace Baguio City
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 6130 / 31
(632) 552-6795; (632) 551-2186
(632) 552-6794 (Fax)

Atty. Rodolfo Noel S. Quimbo

Director General, Blue Ribbon Oversight Office Management

Education BA English (University of the Philippines – Diliman, 1988)
Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines – Diliman, 1991)
Birthday December 19, 1960
Birthplace Catbalogan, Samar
Family Wife: Katrina P. Tuvera
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 5510 / 5511
(632) 552-6851
(632) 552-6877 (Fax)

Ronald R. Golding

Director General, Senate Economic Planning Office

Education BSBA, Major in Accounting ,University of the East, Manila (1980), CPA.
Master in Government Management, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (2013).
Master in Business Administration (48 units), De La Salle University - Graduate School of Business and Economics (1991).
Birthday August 1,1959
Birthplace Pto. Rivas, Balanga City, Bataan
Family Wife: Emelita C. Protacio
Children: Emron Mae and Ronald, Jr.
Contact Nos. (632) 552-6601 to 6670 loc. 4179
(632) 552-6823
(632) 552-6824 (Fax)