Secretary Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana is the 36th Secretary of National Defense. With more than four decades of serving the nation in defense and foreign relations, Secretary Lorenzana has made significant contributions in both his military and diplomatic careers.
As Special Presidential Representative for Veterans
Affairs at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2015, he
rallied for the cause of Filipino veterans, implementing the Philippine
campaign to obtain veterans benefits for our soldiers who served in the US Army
in the Second World War. One of his notable contributions to the cause of
Filipino war veterans is his role in lobbying for the passage of the Filipino
Veterans Equity Compensation, which awarded $265-M to surviving WW2 veterans.
He also helped secure from the US Department of Veterans Affairs grants-in-aid
for the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, totaling $12-M over the span of
twelve years, upgrading the hospital’s diagnostic capability and improving the
quality of its services to Filipino veterans and their beneficiaries.
As Defense and Armed Forces Attaché from 2002-2004, he oversaw and monitored military bilateral relations between the Philippines and the US on the Visiting Forces Agreement, military exercises, aid, training and foreign military sales. In 2002, he also helped develop the Terms of Reference for the highly successful Balikatan Exercises between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the US Pacific Command in Basilan; which supported military operations aimed to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in Southern Philippines.
Secretary Lorenzana’s contributions to the AFP are no small feat. As commander of the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in 2001, then-Major General Lorenzana was responsible for equipping, training, and deploying SOCOM forces all over the Philippines. He was also the commander of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion in Malagos, Davao City, where he was instrumental in clearing the city of insurgents, sparrow units and other criminal groups, paving the way for peace and order, as well as economic development. He laid the groundwork for what would now be known as the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGU).
A staunch defender of the flag, he has protected three Presidents during his service with the Presidential Security Group and as Commander of the Light Armored Brigade: President Corazon C. Aquino, President Joseph E. Estrada and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Secretary Lorenzana earned his post-graduate degree of Master of Business Administration, major in Operations Research, from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He also finished a number of courses and trainings both here and abroad, including strategic studies at the Australia University in Canberra, a seminar for Senior International Leaders at Harvard University, and crisis management course at the US Department of State.
A graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class ’73 (Maagap), Secretary Lorenzana’s education and training was instrumental in making sound command decisions in the course of his military career. His awards and decorations include the Feb ’86 Revolution Ribbon, the Gold Cross Medal for Gallantry in Combat, the Presidential Legion of Honor (Degree of Officer), the USA Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer), and the Distinguished Service Star.
A Mindanaoan by heart, Secretary Lorenzana was born on 28 October 1948, in Midsayap, Cotabato. He is married to Editha Lorenzana (nee Aguilar), is father to Cecille, Edelle, Erik Del and Camille, and grandfather to Mia.