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Gov. Arthur C. Yap holds a Juris Doctor degree (1991) and a degree in Management and Economics (1987), from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1992.

Secretary of Agriculture twice

He held the portfolio of Secretary of Agriculture twice – from 2004-2005 and from 2006 to 2010 under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He is only the third head of agency to hold this post twice since the Department of Agriculture was founded in 1898. Under his term, record rice productions, food logistic linkups, and greater investments in national irrigation projects were achieved.

Served in other Cabinet

He also served in other Cabinet posts most notably as as Director-General of the Presidential Management Staff in 2006 and as Presidential Adviser on Jobs Creation in 2005.  From 2002-2004, he was Administrator of the National Food Authority which took charge of Philippine food security, and from 2001-2002, President and CEO of the Philippine International Trading Corporation with the rank of Undersecretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Order of Lakandula

In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Isabella the Catholic by King Juan Carlos of Spain and in 2010, the Order of Lakandula by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, for his services to the Philippine Government.

Deputy Secretary

From 2009 to 2011, Deputy Speaker Yap served as a member of the Global Agenda Council of the prestigious Davos, Switzerland-based, World Economic Forum, where he shared his experiences in crafting action policies for heads of government and global leaders on issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, and rural poverty among others.

Congressman of 3rd District – Bohol

He was elected as representative of the Third Congressional District of Bohol and served for three terms.

During the 16th Congress

During the 16th Congress, he was the Chairperson of the Committee on Reforestation; and the Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Globalization and WTO and the Committee on Government Enterprises and Privatization.

During the 17th Congress

He was elected as representative of the Third Congressional District of Bohol and served for three terms.


He won in the May 2019 elections and became the 26th governor of Bohol.