Alfonso Cusi


Alfonso "Al" Gaba Cusi (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈkusɪ]; born December 4, 1949)[1][2] is a Filipino businessman from Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. He is the 14th Secretary of Energy under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He is also the President of PDP–Laban and served in the Arroyo Administration as head of government air and sea transportation agencies from 2001 to 2010.[3] He was the Vice Chairman of PDP–Laban until July 2021,[4] before being elected as its president amidst the dispute within the ruling party with the rival faction led by Senators Koko Pimentel and Manny Pacquiao.[5]

Alfonso Cusi
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Cusi in 2022
Secretary of Energy
Assumed office
June 30, 2016
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byZenaida Monsada
Director-General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
In office
March 2010 – December 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Benigno Aquino III
General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority
In office
August 2004 – March 2010
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority
In office
February 2001 – July 2004
PresidentGloria Macapagal Arroyo
Personal details
Alfonso Gaba Cusi

(1949-12-04) December 4, 1949 (age 72)
Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Political partyPDP–Laban
Spouse(s)Maria Angeles S. Cusi
Alma materUniversity of St. La Salle (BS)
University of the Philippines Cebu (MBA)
ProfessionBusinessman, government administrator

Early life and educationEdit

Cusi was born in the municipality of Capiz (now Roxas City) in the then undivided island province of Capiz. He graduated at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod (then known as La Salle College Bacolod), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. He also attended the University of the Philippines Cebu in Cebu City and received a Master of Business Administration in 1976.[2]

Career and businessesEdit

Cusi started his career in shipping. He joined the Aboitiz Shipping Company (now 2GO Group) in 1973 as Assistant Comptroller. He worked his way up to become the company's and its subsidiaries' Credit Collection Manager, Purchasing Manager, Passage and Stevedorial Manager, and Trucking Manager. By 1977, he was promoted as Assistant to the President, and eventually as Assistant Vice President in 1979, Vice President in 1983, and General Manager and EVP in 1985. He was Senior Vice President and Director before resigning from the company in 1990.[2]

Cusi then ventured into his own shipping, logistics and distribution businesses. He founded the Starlite Ferries which offers roll-on/roll-off ferry service between his home province Mindoro and Batangas, as well as Aklan. He is also the President and founder of Starlite Cargo Xpress.[2] He also entered the retail business with his own chain of convenience stores called Quick Stop.[2]

He was invited to join government service in 2001 as General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority during the first term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. As head of the port authority, he is credited with having introduced and developed seaport terminals throughout the country. He was also the main project head of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway System of the Arroyo administration.[6] In 2004, Cusi was then assigned by Arroyo to lead the Manila International Airport Authority. As an airport manager, he was responsible for finally opening the long-delayed Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in 2008.[6]

Cusi then assumed leadership of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in March 2010. [7] Cusi resigned from CAAP in December 2010 and returned to his private businesses. He served in the board of Intex Resources Philippines which has a nickel and cobalt mining project in his home province of Oriental Mindoro. He was also involved in Double Concept Investments, Ltd. prior to his return to government service under President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2016.[2]


  1. ^ Birthday Greeting to CEO Alfonso Cusi
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Know much more about Duterte gov't's men and women". Interaksyon. June 9, 2016. Archived from the original on July 17, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Mercado, Neil Arwin (July 17, 2021). "Pacquiao out, Cusi in as PDP-Laban president". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Galvez, Daphne (July 9, 2021). "PDP-Laban expels Cusi, 2 other execs for allegedly violating party rules". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Morales, Neil Jerome (17 July 2021). "Philippines' Pacquiao ousted as president of ruling party after row". Reuters. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  6. ^ a b Reyes, M.A.L. (January 11, 2016). "A game changer". The Philippine Star. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Hilario, E. (23 May 2016). "Energy department needs a turbo boost". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary of Energy
Party political offices
Preceded by President of PDP–Laban
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Tina Rose Marie Canda
as Secretary of Budget and Management
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Energy
Succeeded by
Emmanuel Rey Caintic
as Secretary of Information and Communications Technology