Sotero Baluyut

Sotero Baluyut, also Sotero Baluyot, (January 3, 1889 - January 6, 1975) was a Filipino politician and engineer.

Sotero Baluyut
Secretary of Public Works and Communications
In office
January 6, 1951 – 1952
Preceded byProspero Sanidad
Succeeded byPablo Lorenzo
Secretary of Labor
In office
April 1939 – 1940
Preceded byHermenegildo Villanueva
Succeeded byLeon Guinto
Governor of Pampanga
In office
Preceded byOlimpio Guanzon
Succeeded byEligio Lagman
In office
Preceded byPablo Ángeles y David
Succeeded byLazaro Yambao
Senator of the Philippines from the 3rd Senatorial District
In office
1931 – November 15, 1935
Served with:
Benigno Aquino, Sr. (1931–1934)
Hermogenes Concepcion (1934–1935)
Personal details
Sotero Julao Baluyot

(1889-01-03)January 3, 1889
San Fernando, Pampanga, Captaincy General of the Philippines
DiedJanuary 6, 1975(1975-01-06) (aged 86)
Manila, Philippines
Political partyNacionalista Party
Spouse(s)Encarnacion Lopez
Alma materUniversity Summer Schools of Illinois
University of Iowa
ProfessionEngineer, politician


Sotero Julao Baluyut was born on January 3, 1889, in San Fernando, Pampanga. His parents were Leoncio Baluyut and Casimira Julao. In 1904, Baluyut was given the opportunity to study at the expense of the government in the United States. After he studied in Santa Ana Central and High School in California and the University Summer School of Illinois, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa. In 1911, Baluyut returned to the Philippines, where he went to work for the Office of Public Works as an assistant engineer in the provinces of Pampanga and Cavite. Afterwards, from 1912 to 1919, he was district engineer for the provinces of Isabela, Antique, Ilocos Norte, Bulacan and Pangasinan. He also worked on the San Jose-Santa Fe Road. In 1920, he became an engineer for the Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation.

In 1925, Baluyut was elected governor of the province of Pampanga. He was re-elected three years later. During his term of six years as governor, he was responsible for the construction of many schools, hospitals, roads and bridges. One of the larger projects that was realized in his term was a long paved road straight through the province. After his second term, Baluyut was elected in 1931 and re-elected in 1934 as a member of Senate from 3rd Senatorial District. In the Senate, among other things, he enacted the law which led to the establishment of National Electric Power and Development Corporation. At the end of 1937, Baluyut was elected governor of the province of Pampanga for a third term. He was appointed as Secretary of Labor from 1938 to 1940 while serving as governor. He became Secretary of Public Works and Communications from 1951 to 1952.

Baluyut died in Manila on January 6, 1975, at the age of 86.[1] He was married to Encarnacion Lopez and had a son with her.


  1. ^ "G.R. No.L-42088". Retrieved 2018-02-16.

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