Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

The Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines (Filipino: Tagapagsalita ng Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan ng Pilipinas) is the presiding officer and the highest-ranking official of the lower house of Congress, the House of Representatives, as well as the fourth highest and most powerful official of the Government of the Philippines.

Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
Tagapagsalita ng Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan ng Pilipinas
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Alan Peter Cayetano

since July 22, 2019
StyleThe Honorable
AppointerElected by the Philippine House of Representatives
Term length3 Years
Inaugural holderSergio Osmeña
FormationOctober 16, 1907
SuccessionThird in the Presidential Line of Succession
WebsiteSpeaker of the House

The Speaker is elected by a majority of all of the Representatives from among themselves. The Speaker is the third and last in line in succession for the presidency, after the President of the Senate of the Philippines, and Vice President of the Philippines.

A Speaker may be removed from office in a coup, or can be replaced by death or resignation. In some cases, a Speaker may be compelled to resign at the middle of a Congress' session after he has lost support of the majority of congressmen; in that case, an election for a new Speaker is held. Despite being a partisan official, the Speaker (or whoever is presiding) does not vote unless in breaking ties in accordance with the Rules of the House of Representatives.

The incumbent House Speaker is former Senator and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano from Taguig-Pateros under the 18th Congress of the Philippines. He was elected on July 22, 2019, and is the 22nd person to serve as Speaker.


When the Office of the Speaker is vacant (usually at the beginning of a new Congress), the Secretary-General of the House sits as the Speaker until a person is elected. A Speaker is usually elected via majority vote via roll call of the Representatives, after nomination at the start of each new Congress. Usually, despite the current multi-party system used, only two representatives are nominated, with nominations being agreed upon before each Congress during caucuses between the administration and opposition coalitions, with the chosen candidate of the majority coalition being almost certain to win by a large margin. The two competing candidates by tradition vote for each other; those who voted for the speaker-elect is assigned as the "majority" coalition while those who didn't are the minority coalition, with the losing candidate usually being named as Minority Leader.

In the 2013 election, there were three candidates for the speakership. In this case, the candidates didn't vote for each other, and the second-placed candidate became Minority Leader and headed the minority bloc. The third-placed candidate became the leader of the "independent minority" bloc. Only the majority and minority blocs were given seats in committees. There was a chance that neither candidate would get a majority of votes; it is undetermined on what should be done if that happened.


According to Section 15 of Rule 4 of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the duties and powers of the Speaker as the political and administrative head of the House are as follows:

a. prepare the legislative agenda for every regular session, establish systems and procedures to ensure full deliberation and swift approval of measures included therein, and may, for the purpose, avail of the assistance of the Deputy Speakers, the Majority Leader, the Chairpersons of the standing committees and other Members of the House;

b. conduct regular monthly caucus of all Members or groups thereof or as often as may be necessary to discuss priority measures and to facilitate dialogue, consensus and action on issues and concerns affecting the House and the performance of its functions;

c. exercise general supervision over all committees and, in furtherance thereof, conduct regular monthly meetings with the Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons of all standing and special committees to set legislative targets, review performance in the attainment of targets, ensure that the priority legislative measures of committees are attuned to the legislative agenda of the House, and resolve such other issues and concerns that affect the operations and performance of the committees;

d. as far as practicable, establish an efficient information management system in the House utilizing among others, modern digital technology, that can:

1. facilitate access to and dissemination of data and information needed in legislation inclusive of facilitating real time translation of plenary proceedings in the major Philippine dialects and languages;

2. provide a simplified and comprehensive process of gathering, recording, storage and retrieval of data and information relating to activities and proceedings of the House;

3.sustain a public information program that will provide accessible, timely and accurate information relating to the House, its Members and officers, its committees and its legislative concerns inclusive of facilitating, as far as practicable, broadcast coverage of plenary and committee proceedings;

e. establish an efficient and effective system to monitor and evaluate the performance of legislative tasks and duties of the House, its Members and its committees;

f. establish coordinative linkages with the Senate of the Philippines to efficiently monitor and facilitate Senate action on House measures pending with the same;

g. preside over the sessions of the House and decide all questions of order subject to appeal by any Member who may explain the appeal in not more than five (5) minutes: Provided, That the appeal shall not be subject to debate, and no explanation of vote shall be allowed in case of nominal voting;

h. designate a Member as temporary presiding officer after informing the Deputy Speakers: Provided, That any such designation shall be effective for one session day only;

i. take appropriate measures as may be deemed advisable or as the House may direct, to preserve order and decorum in the session hall, the galleries, lobbies, chambers, offices, corridors and premises of the House;

j. sign all acts, resolutions, memorials, writs, warrants and subpoenas that may be issued by or upon order of the House;

k. perform administrative functions such as, among others:

k1. appointment of personnel of the House with authority to delegate this power;

k2. suspension, dismissal or imposition of other disciplinary measures on House personnel in accordance with Civil Service rules: Provided, That the suspension or dismissal of the Secretary General and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall take effect only upon the concurrence of the majority of all the Members;

k3. consolidation or splitting of vacant positions carrying salaries and wages which may be increased or reduced in the process, and/or creation of new positions in accordance with the General Appropriations Act: Provided, That the total amount involved shall not exceed the total amount appropriated for the salaries and wages of the personnel of the House; and

k4. implementation of merit-based policies and programs on personnel recruitment, training and development, promotions, incentives and benefits to ensure that the House has a corps of competent professionals able to provide needed legislative support services;

l. prepare the annual budget of the House with the assistance of the Committee on Accounts;

m. in consultation with the Committee on Rules, prepare the rules and regulations governing public access to personal data and related information, including statements of assets and liabilities, of Members of the House;

n. in consultation with the Minority Leader, shall develop through an appropriate entity of the House a system for drug testing in the House of Representatives, which may provide for the testing of any Member, officer, or employee of the House, and otherwise shall be comparable in scope to the system for drug testing in the executive branch, Provided, That the expenses of the system may be paid from applicable accounts of the House for official expenses; and

o. require the submission of performance reports at the end of every regular session and fiscal year from the committee chairpersons, the Secretary General and the Sergeant-at-Arms, and such other reports as may be required from all concerned officers and offices of the House.

And according to Section 16 of the Rule 4 of the Rules of the House, the Speaker must "be the permanent head of delegation and representative of the House in all international parliamentary gatherings and organizations: Provided, that the Speaker may designate any Member to be the representative of the Speaker. The Speaker shall also determine, upon the recommendation of the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations and Diplomacy, who shall constitute the House delegation to any international conference or forum of parliamentarians and legislators and the secretariat support staff to be mobilized for the purpose."

List of SpeakersEdit

# Congress President District Term of service National
Party Period
Start End

Malolos CongressEdit

Pedro Paterno Ilocos Norte at-large September 15, 1898 March 23, 1901 1st Independent First Philippine Republic
# Speaker District Term of service Legislature Party Period
Start End

Philippine AssemblyEdit

1 Sergio Osmeña Cebu 2nd October 16, 1907 October 16, 1916 1st Nacionalista Insular Government of the Philippine Islands

House of Representatives of the Philippine IslandsEdit

(1) Sergio Osmeña Cebu 2nd October 16, 1916 June 6, 1922 4th Nacionalista Insular Government of the Philippine Islands
2 Manuel Roxas Capiz 1st October 27, 1922 October 17, 1933 6th Nacionalista
7th Nacionalista
3 Quintín Paredes Abra at-large October 17, 1933 September 16, 1935 Nacionalista
10th Nacionalista
# Speaker District Term of service National
Party Period
Start End

National Assembly (Commonwealth of the Philippines)Edit

4 Gil Montilla Negros Occidental 3rd November 15, 1935 December 30, 1938 1st Nacionalista
Commonwealth of the Philippines
5 José Yulo Negros Occidental 3rd January 23, 1939 December 30, 1941 2nd Nacionalista

National Assembly (Second Philippine Republic)Edit

6 Benigno Aquino Sr. Tarlac at-large September 25, 1943 February 2, 1944 3rd KALIBAPI Second Philippine Republic
# Speaker District Term of service Common
Party Period
Start End

House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of the PhilippinesEdit

7 José Zulueta Iloilo 1st June 9, 1945 May 25, 1946 1st Nacionalista Commonwealth of the Philippines
8 Eugenio Pérez Pangasinan 2nd May 25, 1946 July 4, 1946 2nd Liberal
# Speaker District Term of service Congress Party Period
Start End

House of Representatives of the PhilippinesEdit

(8) Eugenio Pérez Pangasinan 2nd July 4, 1946 December 30, 1953 1st Liberal Third Philippine Republic
9 José Laurel Jr. Batangas 3rd January 25, 1954 December 30, 1957 3rd Nacionalista
10 Daniel Romuáldez Leyte 4th January 27, 1958 March 9, 1962 4th Nacionalista
Leyte 1st 5th
11 Cornelio Villareal Capiz 2nd March 9, 1962 February 2, 1967 Liberal
(9) José Laurel Jr. Batangas 3rd February 2, 1967 April 1, 1971 Nacionalista
(11) Cornelio Villareal Capiz 2nd April 1, 1971 September 23, 1972 Liberal
# Speaker District Term of service Batasang
Party Period
Start End

Batasang PambansaEdit

12 Querube Makalintal Region IV at-large June 12, 1978 June 30, 1984 1st KBL Martial rule
Fourth Philippine Republic
13 Nicanor Yñiguez Southern Leyte at-large July 23, 1984 March 25, 1986 2nd KBL
# Speaker District Term of service Congress Party Period
Start End

House of Representatives of the PhilippinesEdit

14 Ramon Mitra Jr. Palawan 2nd July 27, 1987 June 30, 1992 8th LDP Fifth Philippine Republic
15 Jose de Venecia Jr. Pangasinan 4th July 27, 1992 June 30, 1998 9th Lakas
16 Manuel Villar Las Piñas at-large July 27, 1998 November 13, 2000 11th LAMMP
17 Arnulfo Fuentebella Camarines Sur 3rd November 13, 2000 January 24, 2001 NPC
18 Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Quezon City 4th January 24, 2001 June 30, 2001 Lakas
(15) Jose de Venecia Jr. Pangasinan 4th July 23, 2001 February 5, 2008 12th Lakas
19 Prospero Nograles Davao City 1st February 5, 2008 June 30, 2010 Lakas
(18) Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Quezon City 4th July 26, 2010 June 30, 2016 15th Liberal
20 Pantaleon Alvarez Davao del Norte 1st July 25, 2016 July 23, 2018 17th PDP–Laban
21 Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Pampanga 2nd July 23, 2018 June 30, 2019 PDP–Laban
22 Alan Peter Cayetano Taguig–Pateros 1st July 22, 2019 Incumbent 18th Nacionalista


Living former Speakers of the HouseEdit

Currently there are six living former Speakers of the House:

Legend: A person's name in boldface means that the person is an actively serving Member of the House of Representatives.

See alsoEdit