Former finance chief Carlos Dominguez III received Japan’s Distinguished Award for Local and Non-Local Public Servants from Japanese Emperor Naruhito.
Domiguez was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun on November 19 for exercising “outstanding leadership in promoting cooperation” between “Japan and the Philippines.”
It also “contributed to the prompt and safe implementation of Japan’s official development assistance to the Philippines,” the Japanese government said in its announcement.
Dominguez, who served as head of the Duterte administration for the Ministry of Finance (DOF), served as chairman of the Japan-Philippines High-Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation from 2016 to 2022.
The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun is awarded to a person who has performed outstanding achievements as a Minister of State, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Senior Deputy Minister, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Vice President of the House of Councillors, or Justice of the Supreme Court. Initially given only to Japanese citizens, the award began to be given to non-Japanese nationals as well in 1981.
The Japanese government also cited Dominguez for spearheading the development of the Subic Bay region, which plays an important role in the regional security environment as a strategic point and gateway to the Philippine Sea. Western.
“In addition, as co-chairman of the Body for Intergovernmental Relations between the National Government and the Bangsamoro Government, former Secretary Dominguez promoted the steady progress of the peace process in Mindanao, which Japan has been advancing for many years. years,” the quote reads.
“He has contributed in many ways to Japan-Philippines bilateral policies and the strengthening of economic relations in recent years,” he added.
Four other Filipinos also received the award: former Philippine Ambassador to Japan Albert Del Rosario, former Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star), Secretary General of the Philippine Judo Federation David Carter (Order of the Rising Sun, Golden and Silver Rays) and Josue Sim Zuniega of the Philippine Nikkei-jin Legal Support Center (Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays)
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