Who is Vicente L. Peralta? (Part 2)

The late Cong. Vicente Peralta (1914-1968). He was a member of the Philippine Congress from 1954 to 1968.

NAME: Vicente L. Peralta

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: October 27, 1914; Sorsogon, Sorsogon

DIED: June 13, 1968

Married to the late Mercedes Berenguer Peralta





  1. Bachelor of Laws (with distinctions), University of the Philippines (UP), 1938
  2. Member, Philippine Bar (9th Place), 1938



  1. Graduated with honors, Sorsogon Provincial High School, 1931

  2. Justice Abad Santos Gold Medal in Debating.

  3. Awarded by the Spanish Government and the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica with a Scholarship grant to pursue advanced courses in Civil Law at the Universidad Central de Madrid but the scholarship was renounced due to his election to Congress in 1953.

  4. His thesis entitled “Judicial Approach and the Problem of Constitutional Interpretations” was awarded second prize.

  5. Awarded the “Friendship Chest of America” prize for excellence in Economics.

  6. Student Leader, orator and debater, UP College of Law.

  7. President, Senior Class, College of Law, UP, 1938

  8. Representative to the Law Student Council, UP, 1938

  9. Captain of the winning team in the Inter-Barristers Debate, UP, 1935

  10. Captain, Manresa Debating Team, College of Law, 1937-1938


  1. Consistently adjudged by the Congressional Press Club as one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Congressmen” since 1954 up to the time of his death; and by the Philippine Free Press as one of the “Ten Most Useful Congressmen” since 1958 thru 1965.

  2. Recipient of a total of fifty-four (54) awards, diplomas of honor, certificates of merit, plaques of distinction, and citations from the press, veterans, civic, professional, employee and labor groups for outstanding legislative performance and meritorious service.

  3. Cited twice by the Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA) and the Confederation of Employee Organization (GOGEO) as the “Champion and Defender of the Philippine Civil Service” because of espousal of the merit system and his valuable contributions to the welfare of government employees.


  1. Second Grade Civil Service Examinations (Topnotcher), 1935 – 92.6%

  2. First Grade Civil Service Examinations, 1937

  3. Bar Examination (Topnotcher, 9th place), 1938


  1. 1935-1938 – Clerk, Bureau of Customs

  2. 1939-1940 – Senior Attorney, Legal Division, Bureau of Civil Service

  3. 1940-1941 – Member, Board of Special Inquiry, Bureau of Immigration


  1. Acting Governor of Sorsogon, 1946

  2. Charman, Provincial Committee, Nacionalista Party, Sorsogon, 1946-1951, 1953-1955 and 1962-1963

  3. Congressman, 2nd District of Sorsogon, 1953

  4. Reelected, Congressman, 2nd District of Sorsogon, 1957, 1961, and 1965

  5. Nacionalista Party Vice-President for the Bicol Region, 1961 to present


  1. Chairman, Committee on Civil Service, 1954-1959

  2. Chairman, Committee on Economic Affairs, 1959-1961

  3. Vice-Chairman, Joint Legislative-Executive Tax Commission, 1966

  4. Member, National Economic Council, 1958-1961

  5. Member, Joint Legislative-Executive Tax Commission, 1961-1965

  6. Member of all Congressional Standing Economic Committee, i.e.;

    1. Committee on Ways and Means

    2. Committee on Banks, Currency and Corporations

    3. Committee on Commerce and Industry

    4. Committee on Economic Affairs, 1961-1965

  7. Member of the following Congressional Committees:

    1. Committee on Accounts

    2. Committee on Constitutional Amendments

    3. Committee on Education

    4. Committee on Good Government


  1. As member of the National Economic Council, he helped in the formulation of the Three-Year Social and Economic Program of the Nacionalista Party Administration; and as a member of the Joint Legislative-Executive Tax Commission, he contributed greatly in formulating the principles and guidelines for the overhaul of the tax system and structures.

  2. Considered as the Nacionalista Party spokesman on economic issues in the House of Representative.

  3. Considered as one of the few facile and eloquent speakers in Spanish in the House of Representative.


Revised Civil Service Law of 1959, the Magna Carta of the Philippine Civil Service, and other measures which expand the retirement privileges of government employees (RA 1616), liberalized the leave privileges and gave numerous benefits to civil service employees.

All information from this article was contributed by Tina Peralta, the daughter of the late Vicente L. Peralta.

Here’s the first part of this series.

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2 Responses to Who is Vicente L. Peralta? (Part 2)

  1. irene san juan pineda says:

    A remarkable man, father, leader, servant , what else can i say to describe him, i wish i met him
    when he was still alive, but i am proud that every single praise i hear from people that this
    congressman named VICENTE LEYVA PERALTA is not just a brilliant fellow but a man of honor.

  2. Benjamin Escudero Basa says:

    As a young boy,I idolized Congressman Vicente L.Peralta and I respect him a lot!
    At 5yo I remembered when he gave lots
    of lollies to children during his election
    Campaign. He always win in the elections
    and no one can defeat him until his death
    which I saw how the People of Sorsogon
    loved him, lots and lots of people attended
    his Funeral and that includes me,too!
    Until now,I’m 66yo,Congressman Vicente
    L. Peralta is still in my memory,as he is the
    best Stateman of Philippine Politics in his
    time and to the present! I love him!!!

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