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About the Vice Governor of Leyte

carlo loreto leyteAtty. Carlo Petilla Loreto (born October 6, 1971) is the Vice Governor of Leyte since 2013. He is a lawyer by profession and is an advocate of environmental and humanitarian concerns. He is the National Secretary General for the League of Vice-Governors of the Philippines (LVGP). He is the former National President for the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines and National Secretary General of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NYML). He also holds various positions in different organizations and committees.

Early Life and Academic Background

Loreto’s father, Jose V. Loreto, is a former Provincial Board Member in Leyte while his mother, Asuncion E. Petilla-Loreto, is one of the Board of Directors for the Philippine Postal Corporation. His younger sister, Janette Petilla Loreto – Garin, served as Secretary of the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), and was once a Representative for the 1st district of Iloilo.

Loreto finished his elementary and secondary education in Leyte Normal University and Visayas State University Laboratory High School, respectively. He earned his AB Philosophy in 1992 as a consistent Dean’s Lister at Xavier University. The next year, he took up Bachelor of Laws in San Sebastian College of Law. In 1997, he finished his degree and was awarded as an Outstanding Law Intern. Four years after, he took up MS Computer Science and completed all his academic units in AMA Computer University, Quezon City.

He took up Masters of Law at San Beda College Graduate School of Law. He also studied Executive MBA and earned all his units in 2009 at the Asian Development Foundation College, Tacloban City.

It was in 2003 that he passed the Bar examination.

Political Journey

In 2004, Loreto was proclaimed as Board Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Leyte at the age of 34. After three terms of being a Board Member, he ran and won as the Vice Governor in 2013.

From 2002 until 2004, he worked as Legislative Liaison Specialist for the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). Under the same agency, he was also a member of the Committee on Japan Telecoms Grant, under Counter Terrorism. He was also a part of the Maritime Industrial Park (MIP) Project Team.

From 1991 to 2001, Loreto worked at the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Political Affairs, Office of the President, as a technical assistant. He helped in crafting policy formations and in reviewing proposed legislations.

In 2002, he was named Chairman of the Committee and was assigned in the Special Concerns and Events for ASEAN TELSOM/TELMIN.

In 2008, Loreto, together with Senator Kiko Pangilinan, and ex-National Youth Commission Commissioner Paulo Benigno Aquino IV, embarked on Campus Tours around Eastern Visayas to promote transparency, accountability, people empowerment, and good governance.

Personal Life

Loreto has three children to his wife Joane Karen G. Israel-Loreto.

Honors and Awards

Loreto was recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Legislators for 2008, which was awarded by the National Youth Commission (NYC) from the Office of the President of the Philippines.