Department of Energy Secretary
July 2016 -Present
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi has more than four decades of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. As a leader in the Philippine business sector, Cusi was engaged in the logistics and transportation industries.
He was the Chairman of the Batangas-based shipping company Starlite Ferries, Inc., which is spearheading the modernization of the domestic shipping industry with its recent acquisition of brand-new roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) commercial vessels custom built in Japan.
He also founded and served as Chairman and President of various companies engaged in logistics and distribution, manning and crewing, maritime engineering as well as convenience stores.
Recognized as a good corporate steward, he also served as Board Member of the mining firm Intex Resources Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of the Norway-based Intex Resources ASA.
Cusi started his career in the government service during the Arroyo administration, serving as General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) from February 2001 to July 2004. He was instrumental in the launch of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway that linked Luzon, Mindoro, Panay and Zamboanga del Norte in the country's western seaboard.
He also served as General Manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from August 2004 to March 2010. He initiated the opening of the mothballed NAIA Terminal 3 in 2008.
As Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines from March to December 2010, he laid the groundwork for the restoration of the Category 1 status of the Philippine aviation industry.
Cusi hails from Roxas town in Oriental Mindoro and from Cebu City. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1972 from La Salle College in Bacolod, his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1976 from the University of the Philippines-Cebu, and his Doctorate in Business degree, honoris causa, in 2008 from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
He was also the Vice-Chairman of PDP-Laban prior to his appointment as a member of the Cabinet.