Atty. Rowel S. Barba

Rowel Barba is a respected name in business and law circles, having had over 20 years of experience. He was the former Managing Partner of Barba & Associates Law Offices. He is perhaps most known for his tenure in the RFM Corporation, a publicly listed corporation, where he used to be Vice President and Head of the Corporate Legal & HR Divisions; the JAKA Group, where he held several positions, eventually moving up to becoming the company’s Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel; and as an Associate at the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices.

He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in AB Political Science, as well as his Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of the Philippines, where he also was on the editorial board of the Philippine Law Journal. Other notable positions of his include being Governor for Southern Luzon of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) (1997-1999) and Legal Counsel of the Philippine Practical Shooting Association.

As the Undersecretary for the Office of the Secretary, he supervises the offices under it, namely: Foreign Trade Service Corps, & the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), Philippine Overseas Construction Board (POCB), Philippine Domestic Construction Board (PDCB) & the Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF), Legal Service (LS), Internal Audit Service (IAS).