5th Secretary of National Defense
July 12, 1945 to May 27, 1946

Alfredo Montelibano, business executive and government official, was born December 20, 1905 in Bacolod City to Alejandro Montelibano and Liceria Montelibano. He married Leticia Ledesma in 1964 and had four sons and two daughters.

He was an alumnus of the University of the Philippines.

Montelibano was President, Planters Products Inc., Chamber of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Philippines; Board Chairman of Pacwood Inc. and Rizal Youth Development Foundation Inc.

Country Bankers Insurance & Surety Co.; Country Bankers Life Insurance; Ferro-Cement Philippine Inc.; Philippine President lines and Modular Concrete Structures Inc.

Former mayor, Bacolod City, 1938; Military Governor of Negros Occidental, 1942-1945; Secretary of National Defense and Interior, 1945-46 during President Sergio S. OsmeƱa term;

Chairman, Import Control Commission, 1951; Administrator, Office of Economic Coordination, 1954-1955; Chairman, National Economic Council, 1955-1956; and Chairman-General Manager, Rice and Corn Administration, 1968-1971.

Board Chairman of Meralco Securities Corporation; Philippine Commercial & Industrial Bank; Farm Machinery Corporation; Insular Veneer Inc.; Pacific Woodworks International Inc.; Republic Real Estate Corporation; Hotel Enterprises of the Philippines Inc.; ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.

Chairman-President of Capitol Subdivision Inc.; President, National Federation of Sugarcane Planters; and Senior Vice-President, Manila Electric Co.

He received the following titles and honors:

  1. Ph. D. in Economics (honoris causa), De La Salle College, Bacolod City, 1962; model Mayor Award, 1983; Model Employer, 1950.
  2. AFP Legion of Honor, commander's rank, 1952; Rural Banker of the Year, Business Writers Association of the Philippines, 1954; Negrense of the Year, Negros Press Club, 1959; Businessman of the Year, BWAP, 1960; Business Leader of the Year, Negros press Club, 1960;
  3. Model and Most Creative Citizen of 1961, Philippine Institute of Public Opinion;
  4. Awards for invaluable contribution as civic leader, industrialist and economist, Manila Suburban Press Club, 1962;
  5. For outstanding achievement as Chairman of Philippine Commercial and Industrial Bank, Philippine Chamber of Independent Publishers, 1962;
  6. As distinguished economist and entrepreneur and as president of the Chamber of Agriculture & Natural resources, Bureau of Animal Industry, 1965; Good Citizenship Award, Community Chest of Greater Manila, 1962;
  7. Awards for heroic services as a resistance leader in World War II, 1965; as Defense Secretary, Confederation of Filipino Veterans, 1966; and as war veteran from Negros Veterans Association, 1966;
  8. Industrialist Award, Textile Association of the Philippines, 1966; Banker award, Philippine Chamber of Engineering Services, 1976;
  9. Agriculturist, economist, industrialist and civic leader award, Labor Day Celebration Executive Committee, May 1, 1967;
  10. For outstanding services to the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters, 1968;
  11. As one of 12 most outstanding public officials for 1970, Philippine Confederation of Labor Inc., 1971;
For unselfish support to the cause of agriculture from the Agriculture and Rural Broadcasters Organization Inc., 1972; "Sakara" award, Philippine Sugar Institute, 1976; Father of Rural Banking Award, Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines, 1976; and "Gintong Ani Award", Department of Agriculture, 1976.